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19th October
2009
written by Sean Noble

The Obama administration is changing the way it enforces drug laws related to the medicinal use of marijuana.  It may seem innocuous, but all I needed to see to know that it probably wasn’t a good idea was this quote:

“This is a major step forward,” said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”

If the Marijuana Project folks think this is a major step forward, then it’s probably not a good idea.

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5 Comments

  1. 19/10/2009

    I am all for being skeptical of a given proposal but can’t you offer a better reason for opposing getting Uncle Sam out of the drug prohibition business?

  2. Michelle Bolender
    20/10/2009

    I like your clip art.

  3. 20/10/2009

    Why does the federal government have a “Marijuana Policy Project” at all? With so many critical issues for us to be addressing and putting our energy towards… is this really one that rises to the level that we should spend our time, energy, and resources on?

  4. Woody
    20/10/2009

    Taking the pot out of it completely, it seems irresponsible to announce which laws the feds aren’t going to aggressively enforce. Often its the “little” violations that provide probable cause and allow law enforcement to get the warrants etc. needed to investigate further. I wonder how long it will be till a dealer claims he was unfairly singled out for prosecution and use this policy as a Get Out of Jail Free card.

    On the other hand, maybe we should be happy the administration is at least giving lip service to states’ rights.

  5. 21/10/2009

    The Marijuana Policy Project is a private organization, not part of the federal government.

    http://www.MPP.org/

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