U.S. to yield marijuana jurisdiction to states

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.

Asked at a Washington news conference Wednesday about Drug Enforcement Administration raids in California since Obama took office last month, Holder said the administration has changed its policy.

"What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement," he said. "What he said during the campaign is now American policy." (cont.)

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i don't use drugs, but i think for people in need of medical marijuana treatments, this is great news. the plant is much less toxic than alcohol or tobacco, and it's time it was regulated as such.

Marijuana is ONLY illegal because the hemp plant threatened the paper-industry investments of William Randolph Hearst. Therefore its illegality is highly suspect to begin with.

It should NOT be illegal to grow a plant then harvest the leaves for a pleasant (so I've heard) feeling.

I intend to raise a tea bush (Camellia sinensis) and do the same thing, and caffeine is indeed as strong a chemical. Making my (well, soon to be my) tea bush illegal would be stupid and a great affront to my individual liberty. The same issues apply to marijuana.

Legalizing hemp in general would be a great idea. Hemp is used for all kinds of things. Rope, oil, paper. I drank some hemp milk the other day, so hemp can be used to replace soy components.

Disclaimer: I don't have anything to do with marijuana. I don't use it at all, and I don't get high ... unless you count sugar or caffeine. That's the problem, folks. Sugar and caffeine are about as dangerous as THC, yet the latter is illegal. Nicotine is arguably more dangerous, yet it's perfectly legal. LUNACY!

Void where prohibited. Your mileage may vary.

So how soon before Mary-Wanna is legalized for recreational or religious use? Any predictions?

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

This is the first time I've been on the same side of the new administration.

This matter is a constant source of 'tension' between my brother (now retired from the DEA) and myself. I'll LOVE shoving this news in his face!!

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Boy, I'm sure glad The One's (copyright Oprah Winfrey)election brought everyone together.

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/comments_blog/2009/02/marijuana-legal.html

The recently introduced California bill to regulate and tax marijuana is estimated to raise over a billion a yr in taxes, that $$$ could sure help during a budget crunch.

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