Monday, October 19, 2009

Federal Pot Laws change

(ChattahBox) — The Obama administration is calling off the dogs in the clash of state versus federal marijuana laws. According to the AP, Federal drug agents and prosecutors will be instructed not to pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued today, Monday acco. The forthcoming Justice Department memo represents a change in policy from the Bush administration (who always preferred booze and coke), which said it would enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state rules.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states.The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said. In addition the new guidelines “urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve…selling pot to minors” and other federal crimes, which are not considered illegal under certain state medical marijuana laws.

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