Tag: Public Policy

  • White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue

    White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue

    July 14th, 2014 – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states’ rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession. The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. “from using its own local funds to carry out…

  • Oaklahoma: Medical Marijuana Day brings Fight to Capitol

    February 18, 2010 – Advocates of medical marijuana met with lawmakers Wednesday to discuss medical marijuana, the people it benefits and doctors who agree it has medicinal purposes. This was apart of Medical Marijuana Day at the state Capitol. Lawmakers were given a copy of the proposed legislation that would set up a task force…

  • New Jersey Likely Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    December 2, 2009 – New Jersey is poised to become the next state to allow residents to use marijuana, when recommended by a doctor, for relief from serious diseases and medical conditions. The state Senate has approved the bill and the state Assembly is expected to follow. The legislation would then head to the governor’s…

  • Federal Drug Reform Legislation in the Congress; Medical Marijuana, Marijuana Decriminalization & Industrial Hemp

    November 15, 2009 – Here’s an update on some of the more significant legislation moving (or not) on the Hill. Medical Marijuana Late last month, Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) reintroduced H.R. 3939, the Truth in Trials Act, which would allow defendants in federal medical marijuana prosecutions to use medical evidence in their defense — a…

  • How Times Have Changed – Former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey Now "100%" for Medical Marijuana

    “If we were talking about medical use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoids,” Clinton administration drug czar Barry McCaffrey said on CNN last week, “I’d be 100 percent for it.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ALFmIj_rVo&feature=player_embedded] For anyone familiar with McCaffrey’s history, this opening whopper made it hard to pay attention to anything else he had to say. Here is McCaffrey…

  • States Pressed Into New Role on Medical Marijuana

    GREELEY, Colo. — Health and law enforcement officials around the nation are scrambling to figure out how to regulate medical marijuana now that the federal government has decided it will no longer prosecute legal users or providers. For years, since the first medical marijuana laws were passed in the mid-1990s, many local and state governments…

  • A Flurry of Media Coverage on Fed's New Medical Marijuana Policy

    A Flurry of Media Coverage on Fed's New Medical Marijuana Policy

    October 21, 2009 – Since Monday when the Department of Justice announced its new ‘hands-off’ policy on persecuting Medical Marijuana dispensaries operating in compliance with state laws, there has been an avalanche of media coverage – over 2000 major media articles. Here is a sampling of the range and scope of coverage and opinions: Medical…

  • U.S. Department of Justice Medical Marijuana Policy-An Analysis

    U.S. Department of Justice Medical Marijuana Policy-An Analysis

    Here is the three-page October 19, 2009 memorandum from the Deputy Attorney General entitled, “Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana.” This action is many steps in the right direction. Most importantly, this is a formal acknowledgment by the Federal government of the reality of medical use of Cannabis on a…

  • Medical-Pot Backers React to New Obama Policy

    SAN FRANCISCO — Medical marijuana advocates in California said the Obama administration’s announcement of new guidelines for pot prosecutions Monday contained some hopeful signs, but lacked the specifics needed to keep patients and their suppliers out of court. “It’s an extremely welcome rhetorical de-escalation of the federal government’s long-standing war on medical marijuana patients,” said…

  • Memorandum for Selected United State Attorneys on Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana

    Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Those guidelines are contained in a memo from Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden which was sent to United States Attorneys this morning. October 19,2009 MEMORANDUM FOR SELECTED UNITED STATES…