In a major policy change, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has indicated that the Justice Department will end raids on pot dispensaries in California and allow states to set its own marijuana laws without further interference from the federal government. It is ironic that it took a liberal president to reinstate the guarantees of states rights in this area.
Opponents of the Justice Department raids took heart in a story that Obama used on the campaign trial of how his mother had died of cancer how he considered the use of marijuana was “entirely appropriate” in such circumstances.
The federal assault on states allowing for the use of medical marijuana was not a Republican policy. It was Bill Clinton who went all the way to the Supreme Court to establish the right of the federal government to claim authority over the states in the area. President Bush then expanded on the foundation that Clinton created.
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