Local growers, advocates celebrate feds' marijuana stance

In a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, the U.S. Attorney General wrote the “Department of Justice…will not at this time seek to challenge your state’s law…”

WASHINGTON: Local marijuana growers and advocates celebrated the federal government’s announcement that the Department of Justice would not sue Washington or Colorado to stop the states from allowing recreational marijuana use.

Federal marijuana enforcement directive cheered by legalization advocates

Obama administration is "deferring its right to challenge" marijuana legalization laws in states that permit pot and regulate the substance.

OREGON: News on Thursday that the federal government plans to ease back on some of its marijuana enforcement will provide momentum to architects of a marijuana legalization initiative in Portland, according to a supporter of legalization who is planning a get-out-the-vote barbecue in September

Marijuana expert suggests state contract with feds

Mark Kleiman advises a partnership between the federal government and the states, both of which legalized the recreational use of marijuana last fall.

COLORADO: A professor who serves as a lead consultant on implementing Washington state’s marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses that will sell marijuana.

What Obama’s team should say about marijuana

Even as 23 states allow medical or recreational marijuana, employment experts say that most businesses are keeping their drug-free policies.

WASHINGTON: With Washington’s top attorney girding his loins for a possible fight over the state’s legal marijuana system and with the state far down the road in implementing I-502 … with national polls completing an about face on marijuana that seems to grow more pronounced with each new poll

What Obama’s team should say about marijuana

Voting is now open for the first annual Canadian Cannabis Awards.

WASHINGTON: With Washington’s top attorney girding his loins for a possible fight over the state’s legal marijuana system and with the state far down the road in implementing I-502 … with national polls completing an about face on marijuana that seems to grow more pronounced with each new poll

State Officials: DOJ Has Given ‘Tacit Approval’ For Legalized Marijuana

Legalization advocates have also taken the Justice Department’s silence and the president’s comments as an indication that legalization won’t be stopped.

COLORADO: Colorado officials say they believe they have “tacit approval” from the U.S. Justice Department to implement voter-approved laws legalizing marijuana.

Coming Out of the Closet: My Experience with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

Certainly I would not be honest if I tried to say that my first experience with marijuana was for medical reasons. I liked getting “comfortably numb” as much as my friends. But I noticed one real benefit. When I smoked marijuana, the pain was better.

OREGON: This past week saw groundbreaking events take place in the drug policy reform movement. Most notable were Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary CNN ‘Weed;’ Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of plans to change to the federal sentencing guidelines that could reduce the number of people in federal prisons for low-level drug law violations; federal Judge Read the full article…

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.

Advocates of Drugs-Sentencing Reform Welcome Eric Holder's Policy Overhaul

Anthony Papa was sentenced to 15 years to life in Sing Sing prison, for delivering a small amount of cocaine.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Anthony Papa was in debt and desperate for cash when he accepted an offer, from a bowling buddy, to get involved in a drug deal. In exchange for $500, the father-of-one was to deliver an envelope containing four ounces of cocaine from the Bronx to Mount Vernon, New York.