BREAKING: Eric Holder Announces Department of Justice to Allow Marijuana Legalization to Go Into Effect

During a conference call with state governors today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the US Department of Justice would allow the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington to go into effect.

Holder announced that the Department of Justice will take a “trust but verify approach” to the new marijuana laws, but did reserve the right to file a preemption lawsuit at a later date if necessary.

In a three page memo issued by Deputy Attorney General Cole, the DOJ clarified they will still retain the right to prosecute individuals who engage in the following circumstances:

-the distribution of marijuana to minors;
-revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;
-the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
-state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
-violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
-drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
-growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;
-preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

“This is a historic step forward,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “Assuming the Department of Justice stays true to their word, these states and others will no doubt move forward with the state-licensed regulation of cannabis for adults. The public has evolved beyond the simplistic, failed policies of cannabis prohibition and are seeking pragmatic, regulatory alternatives. It is encouraging to see that the federal government no longer intends to stand in their way.”

Much more on this story as it develops.

You can view the official DOJ memo here.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee released the following statement applauding this move by the Department of Justice:

“We want to thank the Attorney General for working with the states on this and for finding a way that allows our initiative to move forward while maintaining a commitment to fighting illegal drugs. This reflects a balanced approach by the federal government that respects the states¹ interests in implementing these laws and recognizes the federal government’s role in fighting illegal drugs and criminal activity.

Attorney General Holder also expressed a willingness to work with the states on a financial structure that would not run afoul of federal law. The news today is an affirmation of good work by the state Liquor Control Board as it has devised a responsible system of implementing our voter-approved law. We can assure the Attorney General that Washington state will remain vigilant in enforcing laws against the illicit marijuana market. Since voters approved Initiative 502 last year, the state has been working to implement it. Today’s announcement from Attorney General Holder is a confirmation that the process can continue to move forward as planned. We appreciate that the federal government will allow the voice of Washingtonians to be heard on this issue.”

166 thoughts

  1. Doesn’t this make the federal government guilty of receiving drug money if they take taxes while it is still a schedule 1 drug?

  2. “Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/29/health/tylenol-cap-warning/index.html

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/tylenol-issue-warnings-pill-bottles-article-1.1440915#ixzz2dTt0uifc

    “Overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/14/health/gupta-accidental-overdose/index.html

    “They don’t intend to die, but more than 20,000 times a year — every 19 minutes, on average — that is exactly what happens. Accidental overdoses are now a leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, surpassing car crashes.”

  3. Very good Mr Holder. Now do you, and President Obama want to address the hate, and smear campaign the was directed at so many honest, hardworking Americans for so many years. Let’s not forget the many wrong door raids, incidences of police misconduct,and evidence planting that have taken place.

  4. I’m confused…what about children with medical marijuana cards? The memo doesn’t list any exceptions for minors, and actually specifically says the feds will go after any individual or “entity” who provides marijuana to minors… Am I missing something here?

  5. Lockedoutofmyshed said “…how can a state stop the flow of (illegal) grow from cartel to the underage?”

    What dealer in his right mind wants a clientele comprised of under-aged kids? Even if such guys exist, they wouldn’t last too long. Besides, would a cartel bother with the time, labor and expense of growing and running crops, if they only have children to sell to?

    And, if you’re still worried about that gateway nonsense, in the first place, if that were true, then given how many people have tried it over the last fifty years, why aren’t there tens of millions of heroin addicts running around? Secondly, marijuana is NOT the first drug narcotics addicts ever used. Beer is.

  6. the last line of my prior comment I quoted Martin Luther King, @ Free At Last, Thank God, Free At last”

    I know it is not legal yet, but it is just around the corner. I am a 60 year old grandma and I have smoked cannabis since I was 16 that works out to be 44 years. I know it is just a matter of days, where the domino effect will occur and all the other states including mine will follow suite.

    Be grateful, for all the things you have been blessed with. Don’t qualify yourself for the love of money. For it is truly bound to be your downfall.

  7. @Voice of the Resistance, You need to relax and try not to be so pessimistic. “Let’s not forget”. How about we do just that “forget”. Forgive and forget. “Forgiveness free’s you of your enemies power to hurt you.” Move forward don’t look back and second guess yourself.

  8. welcome to the new and improved 60’s

    peaceful friendly people socializing

    taking bong rips in the park, music, children, no fear

    the noooo waaaaaaaay

    yowzah

  9. Yes it is the CSA that’s all wrong
    its all a redo with Meth being the most
    Dangerous
    And it needs to be fluid for all the synthetics to come
    o yea lets also make it science driven
    It’s so painful to watch Obama act like cannabis is
    bad, when we all know he still and will always
    love Sweet Leaf. After all its what got him where he’s at
    ..

  10. It’s been a long time, I’ll admit, since I purchased a real paper “newspaper.” I just bought one today. The San Antonio Express News on 8/30/13 shows a beautiful house in 2007 with the water up to the dock.

    There is no more Medina Lake today.

    To anyone unfamiliar with cannabis law, the picture of Medina lake gone dry in the State of Texas wouldn’t appear related to cannabis at all.
    -Hemp uses less water than corn.
    -In 25 years Texas and Kansas will not have viable water supplies for irrigation to sustain corn at all.
    -Hemp does not require fertilizer or pesticides.
    – Fracking has sucked all the water to the Eagle Ford shales south. The drought took the rest.
    -Hemp grows well after droughts compared to even the most genetically modified wheat or corn.
    -The oil industry knows this.
    -Our Senators know this.
    It is time…

  11. The latest memo has the same message as the previous ones. We must continue activism, to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act!

    October 19,2009

    MEMORANDUM FOR SELECTED UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS

    FROM: David W. Ogden, Deputy Attorney General

    SUBJECT: Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana

    “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.”

    June 29, 2011

    MEMORANDUM FOR SELECTED UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS

    FROM: James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General

    SUBJECT: Guidance Regarding the Ogden Memo in Jurisdictions Seeking to Authorize Marijuana for Medical Use.

    “The Ogden Memorandum was never intended to shield such activities from federal enforcement action and prosecution,? even where those activities purport to comply with state law. Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law.”

  12. Great. I love the idea of the feds getting out of the business of every person. However, there is about to be a lot of innocent people killed in Syria and the government needs a distraction. Think I’m kidding? As soon as employers start backing off a zero tolerance policy once and if it becomes legal, I will be one happy operator.

  13. Thomas, all the drug money finds its way back to the government or to the lawyers, who then go into government just to maintain this crooked scheme.

    Everytime there is a raid, where do you suppose that money goes? Back into the neighborhood? No, it is “seized as evidence”. All that money just got flushed down the toilet. This is one of the methods crackers employ to keep poor neighborhoods out of money and in the red.

    Really, you think they are going to start looking bad over taking tax money from honest people? Or break some technicality? That already happened about 500,000,000 times during the course this crazy non-consitutional war the government has been waging on us.

  14. steve r, my point was, if herb is taxed and REGULATED then,the underaged would have a harder time getting it(a requierment of the feds and decent people).as it is now, kids get it when they want. if a state regulates, how can they police the cartel (example) who would be unregulated and hence, would cause the feds to close the states operation…we must cover all the requirements so that does not happen..this NEEDS to be a sucess for the other states.heh, wasnt trying to say their clientele were children…have a good day my friend!

  15. Ll,…no, you are wrong, i am against prohibition. dont agree as a consumer of cannabis for 32 years! my question was about manpower for the state to regulate this issue..some regulation and enforcement must be physical…can a state do this alone?i do not know this.we must cover all the requirements the feds call for in order for this to be a sucess for the rest of us! hence, the question…..

  16. How does this affect Mexico? Jaymen Shively and Vincente Fox were working on a project that would reduce the death and suffering on the Mexican side of the border by importing through Washington state. This would be some premium sativa varieties, as well as indicas and mixed for the longer growing season there. $ for Mexicans who would NO LONGER have to fear the cartels, for example! The cartels bosses would have to go completely legitimate and be ONLY in the cannabis business to keep the Federales off their backs. It is a HUGE step that will save a LOT of Mexican lives.

    Mexicans lives count, too. Far too long, D.C. has been dismissive of the drug violence as long as it has not been on the U.S. side of the border, as if those lives do not count. WELL, THEY COUNT!

    I certainly hope this memorandum will allow Mexico to legalize in its individual states, if not at the federal level because of that blasted U.N. Single Convention on Narcotics of 1961 Agreement. Individual Mexican states could legalize like Colorado and Washington, and others that will follow. If California would hurry up and legalize for recreational and industrial use of cannabis as well, then you could have LEGAL trade in cannabis between Mexico and border states where cannabis is ALSO LEGAL. Mexicans could also ship it by water to U.S. coastal states such as Washington, even New England, as Massachusetts is gearing up for full-scale legalization.

    I AM VERY CONCERNED WITH ALL THE DEATH, SUFFERING AND DRUG VIOLENCE GOING ON IN MEXICO AND I WANT IT DRASTICALLY REDUCED.

    ¡Amo Los Estados Unidos Méxicanos!

    ¡Viva Vincente Fox!

  17. Moving beyond the cannabis debate and on to legal regulation from the South Texas School of Law and Rice University:
    http://www.stcl.edu/hottopics/South_Texas_and_Rice_collaborate_on_marijuana_policy_course.html
    See the conversation:

    Get the facts:
    http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Crime#sthash.4jzRWanB.dpbs
    The Controlled Substances Act of 1970:

    “(a) Establishment There are established five schedules of controlled substances, to be known as schedules I, II, III, IV, and V ….”

    “(b)…. The findings required for each of the schedules are as follows:

    “(1) Schedule I. – (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

    “(2) Schedule II. – (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

    “(3) Schedule III. – (A) The drug or other substance has a potential for abuse less than the drugs or other substances in schedules I and II. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychologicaldependence.

    “(4) Schedule IV. – (A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.

    “(5) Schedule V. – (A) The drug or other substance has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule IV.”

    MAYBE cannabis belongs in schedule V. Majority consensus is cannabis should be removed from the C.S.Act.

  18. Finally! Increased tax revenue for the states and less prison population. Maybe the taxes can go toward cancer research??

  19. The list of circumstances that can still lead to prosecution is mostly a list of the consequences of prohibition. Can the DOJ prosecute congress for allowing prohibition and those unacceptable circumstances to continue?

  20. Julian,

    Regarding Lake Medina, you make a most excellent point! But let’s not forget our good friends in the “forest industry” that would rather cut down 1200 year old Redwoods than use hemp to make paper – like we did 100 years ago!

    God, help me not to hate these fucking creeps and liars who rape our planet while simple, easy, and natural “soulutions” are easily had!

  21. Epic. Couldn’t have said it any better than NORML’s Erik Altieri. This is a landmark event in the minds of many. Hopefully, we will see rapid progress on state and federal levels. Cheers to moving forward.

  22. I’m deeply concerned with one of the rules. It’s worded to sound like they are doing you a favor but in reality it sounds like you are not allowed to exercise your 2nd amendment right to protect yourself from people that dont care about the law.
    -violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana –
    So if you are a caregiver within the state law and are doing everything correctly, what happens IF someone comes in and tried to rob you at gunpoint? By law you are not allowed to have your weapon if you are with your product. I just hope everyone takes proper precautions because although this is definitely a step in the right direction, it will not curb ALL crime.

  23. So the DOJ wants to prosecute? Here are some upcoming trials for the South Texas School of Law to study, titled, “people vs.”

    DOJ:”the distribution of marijuana to minors;
    People vs.:”The right to distribute marijuana to minors with a medical license.”

    DOJ-revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;
    People vs.: Revenue from the sale of marijuana going to criminal enterprises, the DOJ and cartels. (SOD program sees the Supreme Court)

    DOJ-the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
    People vs.: The State of Nevada allows permits of medicinal marijuana from other states for local purchase. Respect THOSE state rights.

    DOJ:-state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
    People vs. : State authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity BY THE DOJ! (i.e. S.O.D. program– and we’re not talking about when Billy Milano and Scott Ian from Anthrax formed an eighties death metal band)

    DOJ-violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
    People vs.: (Now here’s a slew of pending lawsuits…)
    -Violence caused by the unconstitutional authority for executive DOJ agencies to legislate drug policy;
    -violence from the institutionalized cartel of weapons distribution to conflicting sides of civil drug wars by the ATF’s (Fast and Furious) legal abiltity to conceal serial tracking numbers of weapons sales and distribution; (DEA dressing up as local law enforcement in Honduras…)
    -violence of silence from people victimized by the indefensible S.O.D. program that fabricates or even plants evidence to convict innocent Americans for non-violent drugs while offering faux treatment and violent enforcement;
    -violence from the CDC’s inability to research gun related deaths, much less associate state-sanctioned violence due to drug prohibition;
    -violence from the military -industrial complex that allows privatized intelligence contractors such as Haliburton and Booz Hamilton to advice the NSA, DEA and CIA of “credible threats to national security interests,” and then allow the State Department to hire the SAME companies to obtain lucrative war “clean up” contracts. (NOW THERE’S A LAWSUIT THAT WILL TAKE AN ACT OF CONGRESS! [Thanks Snowden])
    -violence from the Prison-industrial complex associated with incarcerating non violent drug offenders in a drug-infested, overcrowded, failed prison system of contrived evidence and violence.
    -violence from 1.5 billion dollars of annual international drug enforcement budget without international prevention or treatment measures such as replacing Afghan poppy fields that cause enslavement with industrial hemp for export of Afghan traditional, healthy textile skills.
    -violence by the DOJ through encouraging corrupted American agencies such as Child Protective Services (Department of Health and Human Services) to use fabricated drug evidence to separate peaceful, healthy families for cannabis posession or use and place innocent children in violent, unsupervised private foster care for profit. (Alexhillfund@facebook.com)

    DOJ-drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
    People vs: bias of records for marijuana use while driving create inadmissable evidence for prosecutions of imparement: Exhibit A: The District Attorney of Austin Texas was caught on tape with an open bottle of vodka and prescription medication driving up the wrong way on hwy 360, received only 15 days in jail and has yet to resign months later. Exhibit B: A single case of treatment facility fraud in Southern California revealed a pair of ex-cons running lists of young “ghost patients” for marijuana rehabilitation in an empty building. Inflated numbers for drug testing non-existant patients have spoiled government demographics with 90 million dollars of fraud from just one facility in California in one year alone. (mpp.com)_

    DOJ -growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; -preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.
    People vs- American Indians have rights to grow their own medicine on federal lands. If the DEA has ANY role in post legalization it is to help zone food crops in prime farm lands and reserve ethanol cellulose production to arid lands using industrial hemp. (How’s THAT for “national interest”?) Furthermore, cartels will produce less on federal lands when legal corporations take their profit and enforce proper zoning of cannabis. In conclusion, if growing cannabis on Federal or public lands is illegal, then someone better tell the DOJ to shut down that marijuana farm they’ve had in the University of Mississippi for the last 40 years, and pay taxpayers back all the research money they squandered to prohibit a drug that, after all, the U.S. owns the patent to. Oh, and the patenting of God-given plants is another law suit prepared for the Supreme Court; We are what we eat; So does Monsantos and the U.S. government think they own us too? If animals have rights, then by the symbiosis of nature plants have rights too!

    In conclusion, to the forward thinking law students who are wondering how all these cases will settle in the near future, it is through the previous determined analysis that the DOJ, through the C.S.Act itself and the abuse of executive privelege, has effectively prosecuted itself. And since the DOJ is in charge of disciplining the DOJ, Congress will have to enact laws to adress every one of the issues mentioned in the “people vs.” items of this column. And the Supreme Court will have to nullify the C.S.Act in its entirety.
    Only then can we say “The End” to the made-to-fail Drug Wars.

  24. good morning norml, I had written a couple of replies to comments to something I wrote here that was misunderstood and I don’t see them…thought it was important to clear up…im hopin it matters….thanks to all.

  25. hopefully soon , the country will take a good hard look at all drug law in this country , beyond mary j; people are gonna do drugs and the threat of incarceration has rarely if ever deterred anyone from using . most other drugs , like weed , have suffered from the same negative propaganda that your parents were brainwashed with and put the scare into next generations . methamphetamine , sure weve all seen “faces of meth” pictures that are scary but the propaganda is so far from reality . do you think if meth was never invented , that those people on “faces of meth ” would all be normal perfect citzens? no , they would of found some other substance to help kill there pain . we need treatment for people like that and not incarceration . the argument that legalizing all drugs would cause rampant drug use is just horse puckey . if they legalized snifing glue tommorow , how many of you would run out and start using glue ? furthermore Portugal has DE-criminalized drugs for personnel , and its a complete success in every category . weed is a good start but we need to legalize all drugs and stop this medieval prison police state. porblem is the government relies on the money from drugs , thats why they never really tried to stop the influx and in fact have been involved in the importation of drugs since forever. think of how many people would be out of jobs if they truly stopped drugs from being availible . the lawyers the d.a the judges the prison gaurds ,the court employees the police all out of work if no drugs . the war is over and our government never meant to win becaseu they are playing both sides . furthermore , our government has the blood of millions of people and the complete destruction of the country of mexico . dont blame the peoples never ending hunger for drugs , blame this corrupt war that is not the will of the people but the will of an overbearing government gone crazy with greed and power and rules and lies and propaganda .

  26. This is indeed an important step in the right direction. However, to those who are still pessimistic, I have to say this:

    Show a little more patience for pete’s sake!

    There is still more work that needs to be done, but this is a critical step that DOJ is taking.

    It weakens marijuana’s scheduling under the Controlled Substance Act. It encourages other states where there is strong support for legalization to pursue it. It even helps states where decriminalization is more likely to happen. And those states where medical use is legal will benefit as well.

    The Drug War has been fought unquestioned for the last 40 years. Washington, DC moves slower than the rest of the country to begin with on so many issues, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone if it’s a little slow in regards to marijuana legalization.

    The trick is to celebrate the victories, but keep fighting the other battles to win the overall war. It’s clear to me that NORML understands this and will move forward. NORML deserves a lot of credit here. Instead of just fighting “harder,” they and other groups pushing for marijuana legalization have fought “smarter.”

    So what if absolute victory hasn’t been achieved overnight! It’s so rare when this happens, so the pessimists need to stop complaining and continue the fight. This is the second indication from the DOJ that we are winning. We just can’t rest until marijuana is treated like alcohol (which is more dangerous) in the eyes of the law. Be grateful for your achievements or else you risk losing them as you try to achieve more.

    I just hope that DC is given more autonomy on marijuana (as it does with alcohol). DC is currently considering decriminalization (which has strong support among city council members) while legalization has strong support among residents.

    So, I’m celebrating! But, I won’t rest. And neither will NORML!

  27. I don’t think that legalization will decrease the prison population. The mighty prison complex system has evolved to building schools that resembles a prison compound with surveillance cameras. It has become a social training system to get young people prepared for the future by having them get use to being locked up, urine check, watched, searched, and have total loss of privacy. They will be all well and secured to the next level until they graduate. Then they will have an updated national I.D. cards and be on lifetime probation. (By this time a government rationed joint is the only joy and a temporary escape to freedom).
    Freedom rules.

  28. Its a shame that the budgetary retraints of our current administrations has made the decision to quit waving the federal wand that magically changed the cannabis medication into the demonized schedule one child stealer. You would think rational thought could outweight emotional self fullfilling propaganda.

  29. Thank you very much President Obama and Attorney General Holder!

    I was going to wait until after Senator Leahy’s hearing to thank the two of you. I hope I’m not being premature in doing so.

    You’re doing the right thing on Syria. It looks like the war hawks and everyone who stands to profit some way, economically or politically, would like to rush the nation into war, and then find something to blame on you.

    Thank you.

  30. People who are against weed legalization will look for anything, any little bad thing, to say we shouldnt be allowed to smoke. They expect it to be perfect. Like if you feel great, awesome, and something bad happens and it snowballs into horrible thing. Like a bad thought about yourself, im fat and no one likes me. Normally you could handle it but this time it ruined your high. Bad things might happen with or without weed. I think weed should be legal because most of my times are great. Ive had bad thoughts but I dont LET them affect me. We just need more God. Dont glorify drugs. Stay in control of your mind and NOTHING bad will happen! I hope this helps our cause. God be with everyone

  31. Until the DOJ or Judicial Committee removes the bounty money and seizure laws from marijuana arrests law enforcement will still see marijuana crimes as possible funding and we are the lowest fruit on the funding tree.
    Also,,the 8 issues that the DOJ requires state governments to address already exist and in fact are the reason the states enacted legalization initiatives,,the removal of the criminal element and the stopping of trafficking marijuana across borders has been attempted by the federal government for 75 years and the DEA hasn’t been any more effective in the last 45 years and over 3 trillion dollars and hundreds of thousands of people around the globe killed attempting to stop marijuana,,the least they could do is explain how they have been so successful at it.

  32. @ snapu23,

    I couldn’t agree more. One might have thought that Holder just said we’ll fight Colo’s and Wash’s attempts at legalization in the courts if we have to, until legalization is completely dead, by some of the reactions on these boards. Sheesh, to those eternal pessimists, take a hit and chill. Things ARE moving in the right direction.

  33. The “problem” I have is with the language in the letter. Mr. Holder clearly states that people lawfully possessing marijuana are officially second class citizens. Also, if you have marijuana in your system, you are a second class citizen. Mr. Holder is upholding the idea that if you use marijuana, you’ll start behaving in a criminal way, that it changes your personality like cocaine or heroin and it will influence you to commit more crimes down the line.
    If anyone needs to take a couple hits and chill out, it is Eric Holder.
    Remember the last memo he sent out? The one where he connects newly arrested people testing positive for marijuana as an example of why it shouldn’t be legal??? As if the idea that mentally ill people find stress relief from using marijuana is too far out there, even though that is all people keep telling him? He is one of the goons still trying to find ways of getting you into a jail cell. He simply cannot challenge popular laws voted in by the people, especially not while fighting a real problem for America: Voter suppression laws. Those are some of the bigger fish that need to get a’frying. If the vote wasn’t so positive for legal marijuana, Eric and Obama would probably be going the suit route. But now that people actually voted heavily for it, you just try to nullify tens of thousands of votes on the winning side—no matter how you try you’ll never win another election. The protests would never stop. They realized that by fighting it so overtly, they would just speed up legalization.

  34. So…after DECADES of the “War on Marajuana”, the Governement is now taking the same direction it did with alchohol!!?? SICK!!! A man/woman cannot even grow a natural plant within their own property, for personal use, without being arrested!!!

    The public will now have to have some type of legal piece of paper to authorize them that they can purchase the marajuana from a marajuana grower rather than grow it themselves!!?? Really? This is ALL about control my friends….CONTROL and TAX MONEY! PUKE!!!

  35. Excellent point about the Medina Lake water situation. Very sad to hear about that as well.

    There is a guardian in the leaf…

  36. Well at least they are willing to have a go with this, a laboratory experiment if you will,a test run(like what has been done in Amsterdam)They have stated their priorities witch seem fairly reasonable.I expect that if anything unusual happens that the media will be all over it,like flies on cow dung, to create a scandal)I voted for Obama-in 08 and for this purpose i am glad that i did. I don’t know what Mccain would have done differently if anything,but 55 percent or so of the votes reflect the majority that represents a Democracy,so at least their recognizing this by laying out the ground work and abiding in their own way. Its a start in the right direction.

  37. @claygooding,
    Spot on. It’s very interesting that none of the eight measures of enforcement dares mention asset forfeitures for drug posessions, the principal tool of violence and crimes against humanity worlwide by the C.S.Act and the main source of profit motivation among all executive U.S. agencies. Had asset forfeitures applied to rapists and murderers, would those girls in Castro’s Cleveland house-prison been neglected by law enforcement for 10 years? Unfortunately applying asset forfetures to a commodity, in this case the most lucrative cash crop in the world, cannabis, sets up our government as THE principal cartel of the world. Not enough profit in seized property or cash? Need to plant meth on an innocent bystander to press the blame for DOJ-sanctioned drug trafficking? No problem. Who has the key to the evidence room?

  38. @ Steve R. You are absolutely right! Where are all those heroin addicts,they warned us about?

    Steve R. says “And, if you’re still worried about that gateway nonsense, in the first place, if that were true, then why aren’t there tens of millions of heroin addicts running around? Secondly, marijuana is NOT the first drug narcotics addicts ever, Beer is!”

    Just how I called it, Cannabis is also used to help people Exit harder drugs. I have seen it all, people coming off crack, heroin, meth and cocaine,and the most wide spread drug is, as you said Steve, Alcohol! Remember, Grandma know’s.

  39. Think about how cannabis has co-evolved with humans, like the dog. Think of how useful and beneficial it is to us, as medicine, fiber, fuel, and how no one has died from overdose because it’s physically impossible.

    Then think how badly screwed up things are in America and how certain elected officials and invisible money powers made cannabis illegal, and worse still, the penalties are as bad as real, violent or destructive crimes, yet IT’S NOT A CRIME AT ALL.

    Philosopher Spinoza had come up with the concept of “let the punishment fit the crime” which was novel at the time but is now almost common-sense.

    Remember finally learning in college, what they don’t teach in public schools? More accurate history (versus happy horse sh*t endings) and critical thinking (learning to think for yourself instead of believing everything you’re told), and that there may be a need to question whether “we,” and the decisions our elected officials, make us either the “good guys” or the “bad guys.”

    As the reference above mentions Orwell’s 1984, what kind of country allows elitist assholes to make up rules for everyone else, that are arbitrary and harmful?

    And so how can you tell a good country from a bad country?

    Examples:
    BAD = instigate wars or attack and occupy others without provocation or any evidence.

    BAD = any state that examines a commodity and its value and specifically makes it illegal with ridiculously harsh penalties…and puts it into a bullsh*t scheduling system.

    Until the states put an end to this stupid sh*t and finally the incompetent feds running the broken government, grin and bear the posturing of confused and defensive prohibitionists, “yeah we’ll let you have this, but we’re watching you…yeah you!”

    These are signs of a bad and failed country

  40. I have decided to create a White House Petition at the “We the People” site over the hemp water conservation issue and the drying Lakes in Texas. Here are the links:
    http://wh.gov/l4NzG

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-industrial-hemp-and-zone-it-arid-lands-replace-corn-cellulose-ethanol-conserve-water-now/BqrH7D1p

    The urgency of this issue is greater than the response time for the white house even if we get enough signatures. However, we cannot as a nation place enough emphasis on the hypocrisy of nature we are playing out in south Texas. If we don’t reduce water consumption by %25 starting today, wells will run dry in one generation from Texas to Kansas, and perhaps throughout the Ogallala acquifer. And the hemp amendment is pending in the Senate. Let’s get the word out and force the White House’s hand!

  41. As someone with a current case in the Federal Court System, I can attest that this is an utter waste of paper. They will “interpret” the rules however they want and the martyrdom will continue. THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE IS TO CHANGE THE LAW! Don’t fall for this crap.

  42. I have my doubts as to the staying power of this decision, but it IS a victory nonetheless.

    I strongly support full legalization, and it baffles me that anyone can stare down the effects of all substances from Alcohol to Meth, and consider Marijuana anything but tame.

    Legalization is the only way to save our youth from resorting to marketed as safe K2, Spice, MDMA, or for God’s sake bath salts just so they don’t have the fear of years in jail for smoking some weed.

  43. DO not expect this posture of the administration to last very long. Pressure from cops and other vested interests will have the A.G. retreating in a hurry. There’s no such thing as a spine in this crowd of hacks. Remember–watch what they do, not what they say. Keep pressure on–re-double protests and petitions! And let’s make sure we keep our eye on the objective–home-grown must be as legal as home-brewed beer; and ALL past cannabis offenses, as relics of the Jim Crow era, must be pardoned with blanket pardons or acts of legal amnesty, to circumvent future job discrimination and other after-the-fact punishments for what never should have been a crime to begin with!

  44. It shouldn’t be complex, nor cost anything. People do want to commit to healthy alternatives to smoking anything, imagine the “pot” symbol on one of the Blu or Fin e-cigs? Either for medical or recreational, you know the details on alcohol, apply them to pot!

    As for cocaine, I’ve been held at gunpoint for someone wanting cocaine – sorry cocaine people, that stuff is too dangerous – and it can be turned into crack. Don’t give me the “gateway” arguement.

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