Medical Marijuana Advocate Slams Eric Holder's Speech: 'How Dare He'

Despite early promises to leave pot legislation and regulation to individual states, President Barack Obama's Justice Department began aggressively cracking down on California's cannabis operations in late 2011. Since then, hundreds of businesses have been forced to close and thousands of jobs have been lost.

CALIFORNIA: Attorney General Eric Holder’s call for “sweeping” changes to the way the Justice Department handles drug offenses Monday drew praise from lawmakers and civil rights activists. But not all advocates were satisfied.

Marijuana History In United States Sees Milestone, Pot First Banned In California 100 Years Ago

In the 1700's, Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. By the 1800's, it was sold in drugstores, and touted as a cure for migraines and menstrual cramps. In the 1930s, the country's first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, launched a media campaign that claimed marijuana drove normally sane youth to become homicidal maniacs who murdered their own families.

CALIFORNIA: Stricken with cerebral palsy after almost being strangled in the womb by his umbilical cord, the 41-year-old Valley Village resident takes a few puffs of medical marijuana and immediately feels relief. “Weed works,” he says simply.