Feds Won't Give Assurance on Medical Pot 
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Feds Won't Give Assurance on Medical Pot 
Posted by CN Staff on June 30, 2011 at 17:58:24 PT
By Beth DeFalco and Pete Yost, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 
Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws. In a policy memo to federal prosecutors obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution.
In 2009, the Justice Department told prosecutors they should not focus investigative resources on patients and caregivers complying with state medical marijuana laws. The new memo says that view has not changed. "There has, however, been an increase in the scope of commercial cultivation, sale, distribution and use of marijuana for purported medical purposes," says the new memo by Cole. The deputy attorney general said 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," Cole wrote. Cole said that the Ogden memorandum "was never intended to shield such activities from federal enforcement action and prosecution, even where those activities purport to comply with state law." On Thursday night, Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said that the medical marijuana statement by Cole does not represent a new policy, but rather clarifies the policy, as reflected in recent letters by U.S. attorney's offices to officials in a number of states. DeFalco reported from Trenton, N.J. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Beth DeFalco and Pete Yost, Associated Press Published: June 30, 2011 Copyright: 2011 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #6 posted by josephlacerenza on July 01, 2011 at 06:42:58 PT
I am no big city lawyer, but it appears to be workable... There are defined winners and losers. But, as "provider" or "Marijuana Infused Products Provider" there is no limit to the number of patients you can serve. The judge upheld our CONSTITUTIONAL right to make a profit. He strikes down ALL the provisions regarding unannounced searches of a "providers/MIPP" grow operation! It also enjoins provision attempting to regulate the number of patients a doctor can recommend cannabis as a treatment option.It is a tough law, but there is a concerted effort to repeal the entire law through the referendum process. The real challenge will be to convince others not effected negatively by the NEW law to repeal it. Big news no matter where you fall on the cannabis issue, precedent setting! That's what we needed, that is what the other side was trying to accomplish as well! WE won, in my opinion!!
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on June 30, 2011 at 22:23:21 PT
On a Wing and a Prayer
CN BC: PUB LTE: Legalized Marijuana Solves Worries, Nanaimo News Bulletin, (28 Jun 2011) BC: Pot 'Club' Nipped In The Bud By Cops, Chilliwack Times, (28 Jun 2011) medical pot users split on phasing out home production.
Government takes input on switching to commercial growers.
Darrell Bellaart, The Daily News.
Published: Monday, June 27, 2011, the drug war comes full circle.
By Dan Gardner, The Windsor Star June 27, 2011 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 30, 2011 at 20:04:03 PT
An article about Montana.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on June 30, 2011 at 19:55:04 PT
What does it all mean?
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Comment #2 posted by josephlacerenza on June 30, 2011 at 19:17:45 PT
FoM, Here is What We Have in Montana
The Judge has enjoined 4 sections of SB-423... I am making no judgments at this time...
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on June 30, 2011 at 18:01:34 PT
Not Surprised
I never believed that they wouldn't go after Pot Shops. I looked in articles and never saw quotes that said they wouldn't. I only saw patients would be left alone.
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