U.S. Attorney General Says Justice Department Will No Longer Interfere With States’ Medical Pot Policies

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 26, 2009

    Score one for the good guys!

    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.

    At this time, NORML would like to personally thank those of you who responded to our request to contact the Attorney General’s office and urge Eric Holder to call off the DEA raids. Your phone calls and e-mails have helped to change U.S. marijuana policy!

    So go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. And while you’re at it, click here to thank the new Attorney General for supporting the will of the people and the health and welfare of seriously ill patients.

    “Change we can believe in?” Yes it is, and it’s about time.

    105 responses to “U.S. Attorney General Says Justice Department Will No Longer Interfere With States’ Medical Pot Policies”

    1. Brandon says:

      What about the people who are already in the federal system fighting for thier freedom?

    2. snoodies says:

      The Attorney General’s comment was pretty vague. He did not even outright say what this article is making it seem like he said.

    3. macdaddy says:

      Damn! Keep the good news rolling guys. What a great week!!

    4. James says:

      Hip! Hip!,….

    5. Wait til they see how much havoc this doesn’t wreak, and how much money it will bring in to Uncle Sam’s pockets.

      Next stop: Legal California Cannabis!

    6. Columbia Man 420 says:


    7. Eric Ostendorf says:

      I think this calls for a victory toke.

    8. mr reuben says:

      Wooooo. Do you expect to see allot of other states legalizing medical marijuana now that this happened? And do you expect to see a change in the scheduling of marijuana or change in the federal law?

    9. Josh McCord says:

      This is great news for all medical marijuana users and providers!

      Change is finally coming!

    10. pedro says:

      progress baby, PROGRESS!!!!!