AG signals change in Rx pot prosecution policy

marijuanaleaf1The Justice Department will no longer prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries that operate legally under state laws in California and about a dozen other states, Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday.

The policy is a reversal of the approach taken during the Bush administration, where such drug distributors faced federal prosecution even in states that had passed laws permitting medicinal marijuana use by cancer patients, chronic pain sufferers and those with other serious ailments.

agholderNow, Holder said, federal prosecutors will focus on drug distributors who violate both state and federal laws. “Those are the organizations, the people, that we will target,” Holder said during a roundtable with reporters, as reported by The Los Angeles Times.

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