Holder says: No more DEA raids on medical cannabis dispensaries
Brinna | February 26, 2009 at 10:56 amby
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About 25 minutes into a press conference to announce the results of Operation Xcellerator, a crackdown on the the Mexican Drug cartel, Sinaloa, there were 50 seconds which are destined to bring joy to the hearts of numerous medical cannabis patients in the 13 states where it is legal.
This was the exchange, and it was explicit
Q. “. . . a second thing on Drug Policy: right after the inauguration there were some raids on California medical marijuana dispensaries. Was that a deliberate decision by you, by the Justice Department? Is that a prediction of policy going forward? Do you expect those raids to continue despite what the president said during the campaign?”
A. (Holder) “What the president said during the campaign, you will be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement (general laughter). He was my boss during the campaign. He is formally and technically, and by law, my boss now, and so, what he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
What impact this will have on the dispensary owners who have already been Federally prosecuted and convicted, and are now serving time in Federal prison, or who are awaiting sentencing, as in the case of San Luis Obispo dispensary owner, Charles Lynch, is yet to be seen.
Watch the full press conference here.
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