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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Administration Will End Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries

In what can only be described as major departure in the so-called ‘war on drugs’, the Obama Administration has issued a new three page memo on medical dispensaries.

You can now read the memorandum, signed by Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, here.

I can only applaud the victory won today by marijuana activists. We can only celebrate the good and just fight anchored by NORML and its founder, Keith Stroup, who engaged this cause decades ago.

You can also share your thoughts with the White House on the administration's decision via NORML's Take Action Center here-mapping out the federal government’s new guidelines for states that have laws protecting medical cannabis patients. It is quite enough to be sick. It was sicker that our own government would further target sick patients.

Last February Attorney General Eric Holder indicated in a press conference that the Obama Administration–which favors physician-recommended access to medical cannabis–would abate from what had been an aggressive law enforcement (and propaganda) campaign against medical access to cannabis. After some delay, and some criticism, from impatient soldiers in the fight, such as me, that day has come. That victory is now won.

There is still much to do but this is one small toke for man, one giant joint for humankind.

Good article entitled 'Tokeville' in Harper's Magazine's October issue, for those so intrigued by this issue.

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