Is Obama high?
posted at 9:32 am on October 19, 2009 by MadisonConservative
WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.
The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.
Now, I don’t see this as necessarily a bad thing. The war on drugs when it comes to marijuana has been, in the opinion of many, a waste of resources for too little effect. Some want the entire operation ended, and others think it should only be focused on so-called “hard” drugs. Leaning more towards the latter, I’d like to give credit to the Justice Department for wasting less taxpayer dollars. However, to do so would be akin to giving credit to Michael Moore for leaving a salt packet uneaten at the table.
This is, after all, the same Justice Department that is busily setting up show trials for splashing water on people’s faces, but doesn’t dare investigate political corruption within its own ranks, nor even have the guts to close the camp they claim to hate so much. Somehow this pathetic gesture doesn’t envelop me in hopeychangey goodness.