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Thursday, February 26, 2009

AG Eric Holder Affirms He Will End Raids on Medical Cannabis Providers

Score one for the good guys!

My friend Paul Armentano is reporting some great news on the NORML blog today. At least for me and people who have been working for years to fight for a change in American cannabis laws.

Earlier this month, new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised a clean break from the policies of the Bush administration. Yesterday, during a live interview on C-Span, he affirmed that this change includes ending the DEA raids of state-authorized medical marijuana providers.

Responding to a reporter’s question regarding the DEA’s recent actions against several California medical cannabis providers, Holder stated: “What the President said during the campaign . . . will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement. . . What [President Obama] said during the campaign . . . is now American policy.”You can watch the video of Attorney General Holder’s remarks here.

Holder’s statement marks a dramatic shift in U.S. drug policy, and is a major victory for the 72 million Americans who reside in states where the use of medical cannabis is legal! It also lends support to the ongoing efforts in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island — each of which are debating legislative proposals to make the production and distribution of medical cannabis legal under state law.

“Change we can believe in?” Yes it is, says Armentano, "and it’s about time." I concur.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger's post on this subject just yesterday is right here. There is time to save Charles Lynch.

Will be in DC next week for the NORML Board of Directors meeting (; definitely going to follow Forrest Gump's advice and bring Eric Holder a box of chocolates. Not brownies, just chocolates. :-)

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