Marijuana advocates cheer Obama administration stand
Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana advocates in California and elsewhere cheered the Obama administration's announcement Thursday that it would not interfere with new laws in Colorado and Washington state permitting recreational use of cannabis.
But the advocates cautioned there is still a ways to go before legalization.
Dale Gieringer, a leading marijuana advocate in California, said he is encouraged by the new U.S. Justice Department memo, but he notes he has been encouraged by past memos only to see federal enforcement increase.
“There are some weasel words in this,” he said. "They’re not going to make a priority to do something, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it.”
The memo written by Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole is a sharp turn from the last memo he wrote in 2011, in which he emphasized that commercial marijuana operations were not protected by their states’ laws.
The document released Thursday said prosecutors “should not consider the size or commercial nature of a marijuana operation alone” as a factor for enforcement.
“I hope the attorney general follows through with the spirit of their memo, but we’ll have to see,” Gieringer said.
But at least in writing, the Justice Department has now decided against seeking to block new state laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
They also said they will not bring federal prosecutions against dispensaries or businesses that sell small amounts of marijuana to adults.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
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Oregon 2014 Marijuana Legalization Initiative Likely
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Oregon activists organized as New Approach Oregon will try to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November 2014 ballot, the leader of the group told the Willamette Week this week. The move comes after an effort in the legislature to put the issue before voters didn’t bear fruit.
“Our coalition is moving forward with a legalization measure to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon in the 2014 election,” said New Approach Oregon director Anthony Johnson.
Johnson said the Oregonians were working with Drug Policy Alliance(DPA), a move that should help with funding. Fundraising was a key shortcoming of the failed 2012 marijuana legalization Measure 80 initiative campaign headed by Paul Stanford.
Stanford filed two new initiatives in June, but it’s not clear if he’s going to move forward with them.
“DPA will help us draft the measure that we’ll move forward in 2014,” Johnson said.
The move comes after New Approach Oregon, DPA and a group of Oregon political insiders were unable to move House Bill 3371. Lawmakers could have referred that marijuana legalization bill to the voters, but declined to do so
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