Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law [Devlin Barrett, "Feds to Issue New Medical Marijuana Policy," AP via Yahoo News, 2009.10.19].
Bob, when you get done with probation next year, consider putting a big Red Cross on the side of your wagon.
What do you think, everyone: is it time for my neighbor Gerry to bring out the medical marijuana legislation again? If we go that route, let's add an amendment to legalize industrial hemp (think cash crop, farm friends!).
Update 11:20 CDT: Read the memo yourself, straight from the U.S. Department of Justice blog.