U.S. Attorney General Holder promises to clarify position on medical marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will soon “clarify” his agency’s position on medical marijuana. He didn’t say when such clarification would come.

From The Sacramento Bee:

“We’re going to bring clarity so that people understand what this policy means and how this policy will be implemented,” Holder said during a visit to a Providence, R.I., institute that specializes in nonviolence.

Holder didn’t go into detail about plans for clarification. But he said the department was wary of medical marijuana dispensaries being seen as a form of de facto marijuana legalization.

The Department of Justice has recently sent several states, including Colorado, letters warning that the Department reserves the right to enforce federal marijuana laws even when those laws are in conflict with more liberal state laws.

The State of Arizona this week filed suit against the DOJ, seeking a judicial ruling on the question of whether Arizona can legally implement its own medical marijuana laws.

Holder’s office did not quickly return a phone call and an email seeking more information.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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