Holder may end federal raids on medical marijuana clubs

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:51 EDT
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Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that he will keep President Obama’s campaign promised with regards to medical marijuana. “What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing in law enforcement. He was my boss during the campaign. He is formally and technically and by law my boss now. What he said during the campaign is now American policy,” said Holder

During the campaign, Obama told an Oregon newspaper that he agreed with the idea of medical marijuana. “I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors, I think that’s entirely appropriate,” said Obama

At a campaign stop 2007 campaign stop in New Hampshire, Obama was specific about medical marijuana raids. “I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users.”

This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast Feb. 26, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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