Tag: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

  • Marijuana Bill In Congress: Barney Frank, Ron Paul Legislation Would End Federal Ban On Pot

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) will introduce legislation today to end the federal ban on marijuana and let the states decide whether to legalize it.commemorate the anniversary, a group of former law enforcement officials unveiled a new report “The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border…

  • Ex-DEA Administrators Call on Obama to Sue if CA Voters Legalize Pot

    September 11, 2010 – As California voters gear up for a November 2 vote on Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would legalize the growth, possession and distribution of marijuana, nine former administrators of the Drug Enforcement Administration have issued a preemptive call to the White House: If Prop 19 passes, they say, President Obama…

  • Marijuana’s Drug Status Should Change, Lawyers Say

    Law Professors Argue That Current Classifications Block Medical Marijuana Research April 22, 2010—Dan Pope has been using medical marijuana for six years to help control the muscle spasms and pain from muscular dystrophy. “I get very extreme hip, lower back pain and pain going to down to my leg — it gets so bad I…

  • Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for California’s Budget?

    Is Marijuana the Right Medicine for California’s Budget?

    December 3, 2009 – Marijuana is California’s largest agricultural commodity with $14 billion in sales yearly, distancing itself from the state’s second largest—milk and cream—which bring in $7.3 billion a year. But California’s coffers only receive a fraction of the marijuana sales, $200 million coming from the sale of medical marijuana. That could all change…

  • 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…

  • Eric Holder Sets a New Course on Medical Marijuana? Follow the debate…

    Eric Holder Sets a New Course on Medical Marijuana? Follow the debate…

    October 19, 2009 – The Justice Department announced today that federal drug agents will no longer arrest or prosecute people who are legally using, selling or supplying medical marijuana in the states that allow it. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuOeT30kNH0&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] “It will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers…

  • Attorney General Announces Formal Medical Marijuana Guidelines

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 – Attorney General Eric Holder today announced formal guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The guidelines make clear that the focus of federal resources should not be on individuals whose actions are in compliance with existing state laws, while underscoring…

  • 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…