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Feds issue new medical marijuana policy

Medical marijuana protesters rally outside the Spokane County courthouse days after a police raid on a North Spokane medical marijuana shop (September 14) Medical marijuana protesters rally outside the Spokane County courthouse days after a police raid on a North Spokane medical marijuana shop (September 14)
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WASHINGTON. - Supporters of legalized marijuana use are praising a Justice Department memo that tells federal prosecutors not to go after people who are using or distributing marijuana in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

Republican Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas says it's the wrong move and that marijuana is the "cash cow for most drug trafficking organizations."

The new guidelines make clear that federal agents will go after those whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted, and those using the law as a cover for other crimes.

The Bush administration had insisted it would continue to enforce anti-pot laws, regardless of state codes.

From the Spokesman-Review
Federal changes won't affect local cases

New orders from the U.S Justice Department to end federal prosecution of state-authorized medical marijuana patients and dispensaries will have no effect on cases in Eastern Washington, prosecutors said Monday.

The policy memo issued Monday calls for an end to prosecution of medical marijuana patients and caregivers who are in "clear and unambiguous compliance" with state medical marijuana laws.

Those cases already aren't prosecuted here, said Jim McDevitt, the U.S attorney for Eastern Washington. >>Finish the story at Spokesman.com

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