Federal Interference In MMJ Laws Is Low Priority

Dec 10, 2011

Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder on Thurs­day reit­er­ated the Jus­tice Department’s sup­port for the Ogden memo, which in 2009 declared that the sale and use of med­ical mar­i­juana in states where it’s legal are a low pri­or­ity for fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors. “What we said in the memo we still intend, which is that given the lim­ited resources that we have, and if there are states that have med­ical mar­i­juana pro­vi­sions … if in fact peo­ple are not using the pol­icy deci­sion that we have made to use mar­i­juana in a way that’s not con­sis­tent with the state statute, we will not use our lim­ited resources in that way,” Holder said. The com­ments came in response to a ques­tion from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) dur­ing a hear­ing on the Jus­tice Department’s flawed and dis­cred­ited gun-sting pro­gram. Polis also asked about the recent fed­eral crack­down on med­ical mar­i­juana shops in Cal­i­for­nia, where U.S. attor­neys have closed hun­dreds of med­ical mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries in just two months’ time. She ques­tioned whether Col­orado could expect to get dif­fer­ent treat­ment. “It’s my under­stand­ing,” Polis said, “[Cal­i­for­nia] did not have a func­tional state-level reg­u­la­tory author­ity. Col­orado does have an exten­sive state reg­u­la­tory and licens­ing sys­tem for med­ical mar­i­juana, and I’d like to ask whether our thought­ful state reg­u­la­tion … pro­vides any addi­tional pro­tec­tion to Col­orado from fed­eral inter­ven­tion.” Holder’s response, though vague, offered Polis some assur­ance, while seem­ing to sug­gest that state-level reg­u­la­tion in Cal­i­for­nia is inad­e­quate. “Where a state has taken a posi­tion, has passed a law and peo­ple are act­ing in con­for­mity with the law — not abus­ing the law — that would not be a pri­or­ity with the lim­ited resources of our Jus­tice Depart­ment,” Holder said. Steve DeAn­gelo, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Oak­land, Calif., med­ical cannabis club Har­bor­side Health Cen­ter, doesn’t buy the argu­ment. “Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors are not try­ing to clean up the reg­u­lated med­ical cannabis indus­try, they are try­ing to destroy it,” he said at a San Fran­cisco press con­fer­ence in Octo­ber, shortly after the crack­down was announced. “Their real tar­get is not crim­i­nal gangs, but rather the sys­tems of licens­ing and reg­u­la­tion imple­mented by dozens of com­mu­ni­ties state-wide. This is destroy­ing tens of thou­sands of jobs and hun­dreds of mil­lions of tax dol­lars in local, state and fed­eral tax rev­enue.” Watch Polis ques­tion Holder on med­ical mar­i­juana: http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​f​e​a​t​u​r​e​=​p​l​a​y​e​r​_​e​m​b​e​d​d​e​d​&​a​m​p​;​v​=​D​C​N​u​t​E​9​n​UVk New­shawk: mykeyb420 Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Lucia Graves Pub­lished: Decem­ber 8, 2011 Copy­right: 2011 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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