Obama Administration Clarifies MMJ Enforcement
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Obama Administration Clarifies MMJ Enforcement
Posted by CN Staff on June 30, 2011 at 18:56:29 PT
By Susan K. Livio, Statehouse Bureau
Source: Star-Ledger
Trenton --  New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is not likely to run afoul of federal law if its operation is kept small and controlled and doesn’t allow growers to create "industrial marijuana cultivation centers,’’ according to an eagerly-awaited letter from the Obama administration.The letter from the U.S. Justice Department, obtained by The Star-Ledger last night, comes more than two months after state Attorney General Paula Dow asked the Obama administration whether New Jersey’s medical marijuana program would violate federal law and whether those licensed to sell or grow marijuana and the state workers who will administer the program would face arrest.
Gov. Chris Christie has said he will not implement the program until the federal government assured him there would be no arrests or prosecutions.The Obama administration said in a 2009 memo that going after medical marijuana users and their caregivers would not be a priority for federal law enforcement. Cole’s letter says that remains true.But the letter also says the administration is concerned about the increase of large-scale growers and sellers."There has been an increase in the scope of commercial cultivation, sale, distribution, and use of marijuana for purported medical purposes," the letter states. "For example, within the past 12 months, several jurisdictions have considered or enacted legislation to authorize multiple, large-scale, privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers. Some of these planned facilities have revenue projections of millions of dollars based on the planned cultivation of tens of thousands of cannabis plants." Snipped   Complete Article: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)Author: Susan K. Livio, Statehouse Bureau Published: June 30, 2011Copyright: 2011 Newark Morning Ledger Co.Contact: eletters starledger.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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