Sunday, April 12, 2009
Medical marijuana may finally become legally available in many states without federal intervention
Karl Vick has a compelling article on p A3 of the Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 Washington Post, “In California, Medical Marijuana Laws Are Moving Pot into the Mainstream”, link here.
The story reports that Eric Holder, President Obama’s new Attorney General, has announced that the federal government will no longer go after California retail shops that sell prescription cannabis in accordance with California law. There are shops in Los Angeles and Oakland, and some rules regarding the way the shop is set up for “caregiving.”
CNN and 20/20 have reported federal harassment of growers in various rural parts of the state despite apparent compliance with state laws.
Twelve other states allow medical marijuana for prescription.
Drugwar facts lists the states: AK, CA, CO, HI, ME, MI, MT, NV, NM, OR, RI, VT, and WA. The link is here.
Patients repeatedly claim that marijuana is much more effective against the nausea of chemotherapy and for restoring appetite for patients with AIDS than are the universally legal alternatives.
The Libertarian Party has consistently stressed ending the “War on Drugs” going back to Harry Browne’s speeches in the 1990s.
Of course, the we have to ponder how the cartels really operate, and import and run gangs in the United States. But making it illegal creates the circularity and closes the circuit.
Picture: after a flood in Montgomery County, MD; no marijuana in the picture.