Feds Will Not Prosecute Medical Marijuana Sales in States Where Sales are Legal

L.A. & WASHINGTON– U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.…

L.A. & WASHINGTON– U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Wednesday that the Justice Department will not continue to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries that are operating legally under California state law, as well as the few other states that legally allow medical marijuana sales.  The change in federal drug policy and enforcement under the Obama administration takes a drastically different stance against the Bush administration methods, which allowed Feds to raid and dismantle operations in all states, regardless of whether the state legally allows medical marijuana growth and sales or not.  Atty. Gen. Holder announced the Obama administration’s “hands-off” approach during Wednesday’s press briefing with reporters, but Holder still feels a “hands-on” approach is needed to combat illegal marijuana trafficking in states that do not allow medical marijana harvesting or sales, as well as international trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

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