Obama Releases New Weed Guidelines

President Obama made the lives of a lot of legal pot smokers very very happy today, in a move that makes good on his promise and helps to (hopefully) pave the way further towards actual legalization.  From the Queen of the Geeks herself, Olivia Munn:

On Monday the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barrack Obama issued new guidelines for arresting those who are both legally selling and buying the marijuana.

The new policy tells prosecutors to stop wasting their time going after those in compliance with the state law, specifically those providing or using medical marijuana.

The 3 page long memo urges the prosecutors in the 14 states allowing medical marijuana and to top officials at the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration to go after marijuana cases that involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.

While the DEA and FBI may be upset about the new policy, medical marijuana advocates are excited that the Obama has kept his word on changing the policy.

Bruce Mirken of the Marijuana Policy Project says the change “moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”

13 states now allow the use of medical marijuana and 14 states currently have medical marijuana legislation pending.

Here are the lucky 13… in case you’re thinking of moving:

Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.

I personally know quite a few legal smokers now, most of them have very legitimate reasons for attaining their cards, everything from serious pre-existing back problems and no hope of getting insurance, to nasty anxiety, insomnia, and other heavy duty head-problems.  Sure you could just take sleeps meds or shit gleamed from the pharmaceutical empire, but it’s all just a matter of choice of medication, and who are the public to decide which medication is best for you.

Removing the threat of their local dispensary or their homes being raided when they have gone through the correct channels is big.  Really big.

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