Obama Will Not Seek Arrest Of Medicinal Marijuana Users

The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they closely conform to state laws.

The Justice Department is set to issue new policy guidelines on medical marijuana Monday. Two department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying federal prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in compliance with state laws.

The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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  • by RODOG Location: NEWPORT on Oct 26, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    President Accepts Apology Of South Carolina Congressman I wonder if it was over a beer and a joint . and excuse me what real doctor is going to say ok on med marijuana it will take away from the pharmaceutical companies unless they are getting in on it .
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    can't tell you Location: nc on Oct 25, 2009 at 10:51 PM, spoken like a true liberal, nice job. OK, you included "Bush's fault" and blamed him for "Obamas" economy....good, you follow party lines very good. Yep, you said "Obama Haters", another trademark, good and finally, you let go on the morality of people that oppose drug use. Nice job! Now, go get you koolaid from George Soros. Isn't that moveon.org awesome?
  • by can't tell you Location: nc on Oct 25, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    All these Obama haters need to back the prez. I did not like thepower addict we used to have in office but I did support him as the leader of my country. The people who can't look past there own political parties for the betterment of the entire country make me sick that I risked my life for them. Remember those in Iraq! I mean it makes plantey of since that we have legal alcohol which kills thousands everyday and it makes even more since we spend millions each year to enfore pot laws when we could be making money instead of losing it. I can't help but wonder what that tax base would do for this horrible Bush created economy? btw any of you haters tell me this how did prohibition work in the 20's well guess what pot prohibition hasnt worked either it is a waste of time and I had rather have the cops protecting me instad of chasing some pot head for eating tater chips. you have right to your opinion but keep in mind opinions are like middle fingers most everyone has at least one
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    Yep, this up and coming problem that is dwarfing regular drug traffic in Ca, will be nationwide. It is too open to corruption. If you like the way they handle drugs in Amsterdam, go there.
  • by Spencer Location: New Bern on Oct 20, 2009 at 01:34 PM
  • by Leslie Location: Pitt County on Oct 20, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Good for those who need to use it medically. Glad to see it. Thanks, Obama.
  • by Mwe Baws Arhari on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    I was going to post a long email on drug use....but I like, forgot what is was.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:37 AM
    Just as long as they make it legal for certain ailments. But I have a feeling that now all these welfare trash will be trying to get a perscription for this now and the tax payers will be paying for it. It is bad enough we have people addicted to perscription pain medicine. All this is, is legalized drug use. Granted some people need it but doctors will not take them off the medication because it is money in their pocket. Obama is just doing it for the votes.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 19, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    Well, the Bush thing did not make sense. 14 states have passed laws allowing pot use by the chronically ill. This isn't new, either; cocaine and other substances have been used to treat pain and suffering. Bush said that despite the fact that these patients -- and these are people suffering from some condition or another, not people looking for a quick fix (at least they're not supposed to be) -- were following the letter of the law in their state, the substance is still illegal on the national level, so he was interested in prosecuting them anyway. Obama is just setting it right by returning jurisdiction to those 14 states to govern the laws they passed. But we all know Bush wasn't the brightest crayon in the box. Not sure it should be legalized everywhere, but alcohol is and that's actually caused deaths, not only to people who drink, but to people killed by drunk drivers. Tobacco kills, too. I don't care either way, but it's a stupid reason to lock somebody up.
  • by B Location: NC on Oct 19, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    If the feds say it's OK, it should be legal nation wide...RIGHT?
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