US AG Says He'll Work with RI, Other States on MMJ
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US AG Says He'll Work with RI, Other States on MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2011 at 14:19:46 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer 
Source: Providence Journal
Providence, R.I. -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that the Justice Department will work with governors and other states to reach a satisfactory resolution of the establishment of dispensaries that sell marijuana to patients in state-sponsored medical marijuana programs."We are in the process of working these issues with the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. attorneys across the country,'' he said. "My hope is that something in the not too distant future .... will be addressed.''
Holder's cautious comments came during a news conference at The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in the city's South End. He toured the recently refurbished facility on Oxford Street with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse; Peter F. Neronha, the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island, and state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.Afterward, Holder appeared at a news conference where he was peppered with questions about the Justice Department's position on dispensaries, also known as compassion centers, that sell marijuana to patients who smoke marijuana to deal with chronic pain and other debilitating ailments.Last month, Neronha delivered a letter to Governor Chafee, saying that the federal authorities may prosecute anyone affiliated with the three dispensaries that the Health Department selected to sell medicinal marijuana in Rhode Island. Chafee got the message and placed a hold on the licensing of the three centers.Meanwhile, federal prosecutors in other states opening, or considering opening dispensaries, issued similar threats. Those states include Vermont, Maine, Montana and Colorado.In Washington state, the two U.S. attorneys there, Mike Ormsby and Jenny Durkan, went one step further. They said that anyone working in state government that licenses or regulates medical marijuana could be subject to arrest and prosecution. As a result, Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed key pieces of a medical marijuana law, saying she didn't want to place state employees at risk.Today, Holder sidestepped questions about whether he would support raids or the arrest of state employees in Rhode Island. He repeatedly said that he hopes more discussions between federal and state officials will led to a fair resolution.From The Providence Journal Blog.Source: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author:  W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published:  June 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on June 03, 2011 at 05:44:56 PT
The Prickly Blow-feds.
Like prickly blow-fish, the feds inflate themselves if something looks intimidating. Now, under fire from the UN, and knowing their pushy tactics have failed and that they have only succeeded in pissing people off-knowing that 2012 is right around the corner and several states are going to test the testicular fortitude of the blow-feds, they will now acquiesce. Back-off a little, so to speak.I have a sort of twisted love affair with the feds, you see...I call it the "love field". This field is exactly four quadrants of gluteus maximus I keep handy and available for Uncle Sam and His Crew to orally osculate any time they wish. [Thus ends the full extent of my affection].I will not be happy until I see the fed [DEA and DoJ] on their knees!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on June 02, 2011 at 19:45:30 PT
Money does rule this country. We have watched it take off in the dispensary business too. Now people will get busted and go to jail for thinking they could. I always knew it would crash and burn. Maybe then we can get it fixed for everyone.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on June 02, 2011 at 19:41:38 PT
Expanded Article From The Providence Journal
Feds Working With States To Resolve Medical-Marijuana Issues, U.S. Attorney General SaysJune 3, 2011URL:
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Comment #6 posted by MikeEEEEE on June 02, 2011 at 18:33:53 PT
Simple: the corporate govt will not allow medication you can grow. Their masters (corporate drug dealers, alcohol, tobacco, etc.) cannot make money if you grow your own!!!The stars in the flag should be replaced with dollar signs.On another note: I met a retired cop who went to Amsterdam recently, he does not think marijuana is a big deal anymore. But still, MONEY RULES THIS COUNTRY!!!
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on June 02, 2011 at 16:19:45 PT
if I was RI and VT and these other states I would be asking the question why is Colorado allowed by the feds to have 1,000 dispensaries and you're hassling us for 3?  The truth is that the govt. in CO is already "hooked" on tax revenue and won't go for more raids. The feds think they can still bully RI into submission.The beauty of the 50 states system is that once one state breaks through the others can demand the same rights from the feds. 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 02, 2011 at 16:13:12 PT
I agree. We are too big and determined. We are winning. I have never doubted that we would win.
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Comment #3 posted by NoCowLevel on June 02, 2011 at 15:56:55 PT
Methinks that the DOJ and DEA know that drug prohibition's end is inevitably going to happen (and sooner than they thought).
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on June 02, 2011 at 15:52:23 PT
Vt. Governor Signs MMJ Dispensary Bill Into Law
June 2, 2011Montpelier, Vt. -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill authorizing up to four dispensaries where registered patients can obtain medical marijuana.Shumlin signed the bill Thursday in Montpelier.Vermont now joins Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Arizona, and Delaware on the list of states with laws that explicitly allow dispensaries. Washington, D.C. is also in the process of implementing a program that will allow five such facilities in the nation's capital.
 Vermont law allows patients or their caregivers to grow their own marijuana, but several patients told legislators that they were unable to do so due to the high cost of equipment or because their medical condition made the task too physically demanding.Copyright: 2011 Associated Press
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 02, 2011 at 14:21:49 PT
Just a Comment
I can't in my wildest imagination think that John Ashcroft would have said what Eric Holder just said. 
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