Medical Marijuana Busts Ended

Hopefully, Holder will get other civil liberties issues right as well

We happen to know one or two adult industry folk who have prescriptions for medical marijuana — some for depression, some for insomnia, some for other pains — and we can't help but suspect that some of our friends in the gay porn community use it to stifle some of the worst side-effects of HIV.

So it was with elation that we read that Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to end the practice of having Drug Enforcement Administration agents raid medical marijuana vendors, as the agency did just a few months ago here in Los Angeles. The feds, in their religiously-inspired high moral dudgeon, had decided that the 13(!) states which had put the well-being of their citizens ahead of archaic "drug" laws, were not entitled to let those citizens decide for themselves whether cancer victims and other sufferers smoking marijuana posed some danger to the community.

"What the president said during the campaign ... will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement," Holder said when asked about the subject at a news conference in Santa Ana on Wednesday. "What [Obama] said during the campaign ... is now American policy."

Indeed, little notice was taken of Obama's statement in November, 2007 to supporters in Audubon, Iowa.

"My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana, then that's something I'm open to," Obama told the crowd. "There's no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain."  

(Of course, there is — but neither should be any of the government's business, and marijuana is particularly benign, having fewer side effects than alcohol, nicotine or caffeine, all of which are legal.)

"Holder's statement marks a dramatic shift in U.S. drug policy and is a major victory for the 72 million Americans who reside in states where the use of medical cannabis is legal," said Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, in a statement.  

Now, if Holder will just disband the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force ...


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