More States Move Toward Allowing Marijuana Use

More States Move Toward Allowing Marijuana Use
Posted by CN Staff on March 25, 2009 at 21:14:30 PT
By Donna Leinwand, USA Today
Source: USA Today 
USA -- Some states are moving to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in response to the Obama administration's decision to limit prosecutions of sick people or caregivers who use or dispense the drug.Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that his agents will seek criminal charges only when both state and U.S. laws are violated. That signaled a shift from the Bush administration, whose agents raided several centers that dispense marijuana in California, where state law permits its medical use. Twelve other states also allow medical marijuana, but U.S. law prohibits its use for any reason.
"The change in the federal government's attitude ... speaks volumes," says New Hampshire state Rep. Evalyn Merrick, a Democrat. She is the author of a bill that would legalize medicinal use of marijuana if approved by a doctor. It passed the state House on Wednesday, 234-138.Merrick, a cancer survivor who once got relief from nausea by smoking pot, pushed a similar bill three years ago, but it failed. This year it is getting a warmer reception, and now heads to the Senate.Holder's announcement boosts state proposals for changing marijuana laws, says Bill Piper, national affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates legalizing marijuana. "The politics around marijuana are changing," he says. Snipped   Complete Article: USA Today (US)Author: Donna Leinwand, USA TodayPublished: March 25, 2009Copyright: 2009 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 26, 2009 at 07:53:26 PT
Good morning to you too! 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on March 26, 2009 at 07:49:35 PT
I told you about their arrogance. They are thugs, liars and thieves! They will "Do What Thou Wilt" until they are stopped but who will stop them?Each raid nets them thousands in cash and herb [the herb is re-sold]. They will lie plant evidence, anything. They will continue this "snatch and run" strategy until someone stops them! They divie up robbery each according to his rank. As the end draws near they will want to break as many cookie jars as possible before they are absolutely forced to stop!Good morning everyone! 
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