Medical marijuana and federal laws

December 23rd, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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Protecting their community
Your Dec. 19 editorial “Push back on medical pot,” in which you deny possible risk of federal prosecution and describe the citizens of Upper Freehold as uncompassionate, is inaccurate and misguided.

California is not the only medical marijuana state where there are federal prosecutions; Michigan, Oregon, Washington and Montana have similar actions. U.S. attorneys in Hawaii, Arizona, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island have issued warning letters referencing the 2009 Ogden memo, which clearly states the federal government will enforce the Controlled Substances Act “rigorously against individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law.”

News out of Colorado, a state regulated like New Jersey, indicates that letters were sent to dispensaries warning them that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Translation: States, including New Jersey, cannot authorize violation of federal law.

In states that register and track marijuana users and their conditions, combined statistics indicate very few are treating serious conditions such as cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. To suggest the vote denies relief to those on “death’s doorstep” is shameful. In reality, Upper Freehold is protecting its community from federal raids and large-scale marijuana operations.
David G. Evans, Drug Free Schools Coalition

Sex abuse statutes
I applaud your Dec. 18 editorial calling for elimination of the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases (“Eliminate time limits

Article source: http://blog.nj.com/ledgerletters/2011/12/medical_marijuana_and_federal.html

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