Is Medical Marijuana Legal Or Not?


President Obama`s Justice Department says medical marijuana dispensaries could face prosecution and that cannabis is a drug in the same class as heroin.

Recently, Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote a policy memo to federal prosecutors that states: All marijuana use and commerce is illegal under the Controlled Substance Act even if they are following state laws. And 16 states are ok with medical marijuana.

What, so state laws don`t matter anymore?

Anyone remember what President Obama said during his campaign in 2008 regarding medical marijuana?

Just in case you forgot, he said that his Justice Department would not prioritize prosecution of medical marijuana facilities operating legally under state law.

“I have more of a practical view than anything else. I mean my attitude is if, if it`s an issue of doctors prescribing medical marijuana as a treatment for glaucoma or as a cancer treatment, I think that should be appropriate because there is really no difference between that and a doctor prescribing morphine or anything else,” said President Obama.

Even in February of 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated what the President had promised during his campaign.

“What he said during the campaign will and is American policy,” said Holder.

Why the about face?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has ruled that marijuana has not accepted medical use and should therefore remain illegal under federal law, regardless of state legislation allowing medical marijuana.

Not only does this decision conflict with state laws, it also contradicts with a report by the Institute of Medicine which indicates.

The potential therapeutic values of medical marijuana, primarily THC, are for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.

How about this…have someone in the Obama Administration put themselves in the shoes of a dying cancer patient going through rounds of chemotherapy, suddenly without a certain prescribed medication, and see if that will open their eyes.

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