Huge News: Obama Administration Ends Medical Marijuana Raids in 13 States

Huge news!

The Obama administration issued guidelines today clearly stating that the federal government will not arrest medical marijuana patients or providers who comply with state law. This development is the most significant, positive policy change for medical marijuana patients since 1978.

According to Justice Department officials, the orders sent today to federal prosecutors, the DEA, and the FBI clearly state that medical marijuana patients and providers who are in compliance with state law should not be arrested or prosecuted by the federal government. This codifies statements made by the attorney general earlier this year.

The policy is a signal of support for medical marijuana from President Obama and the new administration. And the guidelines are exactly what MPP’s Aaron Houston asked for in a congressional hearing earlier this year.

Under the Bush administration, the feds raided, arrested, and otherwise terrorized medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. Even in the 13 states with medical marijuana laws, patients still lived in fear. With this new policy change, medical marijuana patients finally know exactly where they stand with the law and can focus on their health, not their legal status.

To help MPP build on this momentum, please write your member of Congress. We’ve set up an action item online to make this quick and easy. You can also help by sharing this blog post on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and other social network sites online.

107 thoughts on “Huge News: Obama Administration Ends Medical Marijuana Raids in 13 States”

  1. Yeah probably b/c you got hurt under the influence of weed. You can get loans for school, don’t cry the blues to me. I still worked full time all throughout college. Also, when you go to professional school they will give you up to 48,000 a year. So what’s your excuse now.

  2. Sorry to disappoint you but my condition is hereditary and No my parents did NOT smoke, I worked while in Extreme pain for the last 6 years of my career before I could hardly move one day and ended up in the Hospital getting Major Back surgery on 3 levels, Still have a problem with nerve damage, I enjoyed what I did, and with yearly Bonus it took my salary up to 78,000 +, Which was enough for me, Family time is Important too, What is money without some time to enjoy it and Life in general.
    You are just a close minded little putz that deserves NO more of MY Time- BYE!!!

  3. Dear Andrew,

    Congratulations on your educational and career accomplishments.

    Of course people on this forum talk marijuana, marijuana, marijuana. This is a marijuana policy forum.

    If we were at a sports talk forum, folks would be saying, Yankees, Angels, Phillies, Favre, Jeter, etc. etc.

    IF your pseudo-links contained names like Tashkin, Abrams, etc. you might, at least, get credit for being unbiased.

    I don’t believe that legalizing marijuana will put a huge crimp in your income potential. Folks are STILL gonna need pharmaceuticals. Dude, if I am in the emergency room with kidney stone BIG pain, I am not going to tell the doctor to hold off on the Dilaudid, so I can go to the parking lot and smoke a doobie.

    You and your peers will have job security, and don’t need to worry that marijuana is going to cut into your business.

    As for your drug testing aspirations…
    would you resort to breathalyzers at the time clock to prevent still drunk employees from working their shift?

  4. Maggy #106: They TRY to Erroneously include Maryland.
    SUMMARY: Maryland’s legislature passed a medical marijuana affirmative defense law in 2003. This law requires the court to consider a defendant’s use of medical marijuana to be a mitigating factor in marijuana-related state prosecution. If the patient, post-arrest, successfully makes the case at trial that his or her use of marijuana is one of medical necessity, then the maximum penalty allowed by law would be a $100 fine.

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUTES: Maryland Darnell Putman Compassionate Use Act, §5-601(3)(II) (2003).
    http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4542&wtm_view=medical

  5. all the people who want it legalized only want to smoke legally.
    for the candidates that trully need it for medical purposes, i think its fine. But thats not up to us.

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