In a monumentally historic move made by the Obama Administration via comments from Attorney General Eric Holder, the Feds announced today that they would begin to work with Governors and State lawmakers in seeking a legal compromise that allows for State-sponsored medical cannabis dispensaries to be legal on the Federal level. Holder’s comments were brief and somewhat vague, but certainly hugely beneficial news for patients and safe access. Some confusion whether all dispensaries in a state with legalized medical cannabis would be tolerated, or whether only dispensaries in medical cannabis states with specific licensing / authorization provisions for dispensaries in their laws would be acceptable. Or perhaps even only State Owned facilities would allowed, or some other such condition, what’s clear however is that the the old line of zero tolerance and oppressive mass raids completely flying in the face of public will are set to give way to serious negotiation and debate!
The announcement came while Attorney General Holder was in Rhode Island for a tour of The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence Thursday. Rhode Island’s Governor had just recently been one of the first to receive a threatening letter warning against implementing a new state dispensary system. This move by The White House is a huge victory for patients, providers, advocates and liberty in general; today may prove to be the day that the Federal “Wall” of Prohibition against safe access has finally cracked, and will fall completely from here on. The idea that The Federal Government has stopped it’s blatant rejection of scientific evidence and popular will in trying to curtail safe access means that a real compromise is now on the table. The notion that a Federal acknowledgement of the legitimacy of medical cannabis, and a guarantee of equal rights to all patients across America may be coming into reality soon. All bets are off, all the cards are on the table and how the chips fall is going to be the result of the continued hard work and constant advocacy of patients and patriots alike!
It would seem perfectly reasonable to expect the Obama Administration to hold true to this new promise to patients but it is not a certainty, advocates and patients have every right to be doubtful as the DOJ has broken a previous truce via the Ogden memo in January, 2009 vowing to cease prosecutions of patients and providers following state laws. The medical cannabis community must stay vigilant and active in making sure this latest Federal decry regarding respecting and protecting safe access is heeded with all serious intent. Words are a start but actions defines truth when dealing in societal change, the eyes of the world are now on President Obama and the Federal Government to honestly hold true to their pledge of legitimizing safe access Federally! For all in the movement, today is a battle won towards a greater victory in the war, much to celebrate we have indeed!
via : Patients For Full Legalization
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