Advocates On Each Side Of Pot Debate Pressure Obama To Take Stand

Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled that Arizona medical marijuana law is so vague, patients can sell to other patients.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges, the Obama administration says it’s time to free more low-level drug offenders.

“This is where you can help,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association last week, urging lawyers to assist prisoners in creating “well-prepared petitions” to apply for executive clemency.

But while the Justice Department promotes the plan, the Obama team is making it clear that it has no interest in changing the federal law that sends many nonviolent drug offenders to prison in the first place: the one that outlaws marijuana.

On Tuesday, the president’s deputy drug czar, Michael Botticelli, told the House Subcommittee on Government Operations that while the administration wants to help more marijuana offenders get treatment, it won’t move to legalize the drug. “This opposition is driven by medical science and research,” he said.

 
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  1. Chelly Smith says

    THE ADMIN. WANTS TO HELP MORE MARIJUANA OFFENDERS GET TREATMENT…UNLESS YOU MEAN FOR THEIR HEALTH TREATMENT? OK BUT… NO, NO , NO…DECRIMINALIZE AND SET THEM FREE IF NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED OTHER THAN HAVING MARIJUANA! THATS WHAT WE’RE ALL SAYING HERE! YOU DONT NEED TREATMENT FOR THE PLANT…IF SO WHY ARE THERE OTHERS WITH A CARD GETTING RX ..MEDICAL MARIJUANA…I DONT THINK THIS HAS BEEN MADE LEAR HERE WHAT YOU MEAN?

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