Eric Holder Would Be ‘Glad To Work With Congress’ To Reschedule Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal government considers the most dangerous drugs, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress,” Holder said during a House Appropriations Committee hearing. “It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”

Several members of Congress have called on the administration to downgrade cannabis on its own without waiting for congressional action. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the attorney general has the authority to “remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.” Holder didn’t indicate Friday that he would be willing to do that unilaterally.

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring match over the Obama administration’s attempt to reform the way the federal government approaches criminal justice and punishment.

For Holder and for President Barack Obama, sentencing reform has become a critical, second-term legacy item, as they aim to bend the arc of incarceration policy away from a federal system well practiced at imprisoning drug offenders for as long as possible. But those efforts are colliding with institutional resistance from law enforcement officials with a single-minded focus and, perhaps, turf to defend.

The high-level shift toward easing punishment for drug offenders, backed by public opinion, raises the question of whether any DEA chief who could win the support of rank and file agents would be willing to carry out White House reforms. So far, Leonhart appears uninterested, at best.

The First 
Pot President

WASHINGTON: Last fall, a prominent Seattle pot lawyer named Jeffrey Steinborn predicted doom for Initiative 502, the ballot measure that legalized marijuana in Washington State: “I truly believe that when this law passes, a legal challenge by the Feds will pretty much void all of it,” he said. [Read more…]

Sanity On Pot And Stop-And-Frisk

NEW YORK: Two of the big legal stories of the past few weeks seem, on the surface, to have almost nothing to do with one another. Attorney General Eric Holder gave a tentative acquiescence to the marijuana-legalization programs in the states of Colorado and Washington. A federal judge declared that the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department violated the Constitution. [Read more…]

Marijuana Ruling Could Signal End of Prohibition on Pot

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s legal to light up in Colorado and Washington, and soon smoking pot could be legalized across the country following a decision Thursday by the federal government. [Read more…]

Sanjay Gupta Gives Late Night Comedians Some Great Material (VIDEOS)

Dr. Sanjay Gupta came out in favor of marijuana last week, bringing America to the tipping point for marijuana legal reform in America.  The MJ News Network is expecting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to make a major announcement later this week.  Our resident psychic and staff magician, Doctor Mentallo, is predicting the AG will announce that marijuana will no longer be classified as the most dangerous drug in America under the Controlled Substances Act. Stay tuned to this network to see our own good doctor is indeed correct. [Read more…]