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Latest statement from DOJ on marijuana dispensaries

May 27, 2011

I’ll be blogging a little later about the twist in fate for Landmark Medical Center, but for now here’s some info about the federal government’s stance on compassion centers.

The Justice Department just sent me this statement on the letters U.S. Attorneys have sent various states-

Various U.S. Attorneys’ letters and the 2009 Ogden memo are based on the fact that marijuana is and remains a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The language makes clear in the Ogden memo that: no state can authorize violations of the federal law. And it also makes clear that the memo does not alter the Department’s authority to enforce federal law. At the same time, the memo leaves prosecutorial discretion to the U.S. Attorneys, given that no state and jurisdiction are the same.

While the department has maintained that we will not focus our investigative and prosecutorial resources on individual patients with cancer or other serious diseases, the sale and distribution of marijuana continues to be a federal offense. As long as the law remains on the books, prosecutions will continue.

Does this clear anything up for you?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kiersten Marek permalink
    May 27, 2011 11:12 pm

    About as clear as mud, I’d say!

  2. Bloggo permalink
    May 28, 2011 1:30 am

    Yup! All cleared up. “No two states are the same”!
    Dear God. A team of Washington Lawyers wrote that. Nice to know the Patriot Act was reauthorized so we can listen in on high school kids smoking pot.

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