Medical Marijuana ~ Justice Department Won't Prosecute

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on October 20th, 2009

The new policy is in line with what candidate Barack Obama promised in his campaign. As a presidential candidate, Obama said he would end federal raids on people who used marijuana for medical purposes.

“The Justice Department going after sick individuals using this as a palliative instead of going after serious criminals makes no sense,” Obama said in July 2007.

The new formal guidelines reflect that language. “As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana,” states the memo from the Justice Department to U.S. attorneys.

“For example, prosecution of individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or those caregivers in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state law who provide such individuals with marijuana, is unlikely to be an efficient use of limited federal resources,” the memo states. 




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  1. Anonymous says:

    I feel really sorry for people who are suffering and maybe Marijuana could help them, but I'm afraid that people will abuse it. Will can't they just take what is helpful in Marijuana and put it in a pill? That would stop this from becoming a tool of legalization.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Z,
    I think that this might be the one move that will undo Obama. If all those good one Lefties get stone on election day who will vote for the Dems? Just a joke, I personally lean more towards the Libertarian view on this, but I'm afraid that if we start legalizing drugs where will we draw the line? Will it be Pot today and Meth tomorrow?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Instead of worrying about drugs being legal, you should be concerned about how many lives are ruined by laws. How many families have been broken up just because someone smoked a join and went to jail? How many futures have been destroyed in the same way? Is that alright with you? In my opinion, it is a blight on America.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, I am a chronic pain sufferer and I am also allergic to many of the pharma pain killers, marijuana gives me great relief.
    It is unfortunate that there are so many misunderstandings about marijuana.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think that there's been so many stories told about marijuana that people refuse to believe anything else. The thing that makes me really mad is that 14 states have voted to legalize Medical Marijuana, just who are these people who think they have a right to over turn the votes of the people?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Glad you were joking Pet, if you really were, but I don't think the pain of other people is any laughing matter. Personally, I don't see why Marijuana was ever mad illegal.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So, Jack you don't mind wasting tax dollars to lock up Americans who weren't hurting anyone.

  9. Anonymous says:

    That is questionable, if they weren't hurting anyone why are they in jail?

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