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U.S. Attorney Still Opposes Medical Marijuana Program

U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha says the department's stance on medical marijuana has not changed after new legislation was introduced last week.

U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha says the Department of Justice does not plan to review  to regulate the distribution of marijuana for medicinal use. 

On his Web site Monday, Neronha released the following statement, claiming the federal department has not changed its opinion on the issue. 

“The policies and position of the Department of Justice on enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in jurisdictions that have under consideration, or have implemented, legislation that would sanction and regulate the commercial cultivation and distribution of marijuana purportedly for medical use, have not changed.

"Therefore, we have not nor do we intend to review or discuss legislation on this topic which, according to media reports, was recently submitted for consideration by the Rhode Island Legislature. To be clear, at no time has there been any contact or communication between any state official and this Office concerning any such legislation.”

Last spring,  in Portsmouth was one of three medical marijuana centers, or compassion centers, in Rhode Island approved for licenses by the Department of Health.

But the process got put on hold by Gov. Chafee in May, after U.S. Attorney Neronha issued a letter saying he did not support the centers. 

On Friday, lawmakers announced the introduction of new legislation, sponsored by Sen. Rhoda E. Perry and Rep. Scott A. Slater, that will put stricter limits on compassion centers. The governor is said to support this new legislation, (2012-S 2555).

David K March 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
The actions of the federal government have done nothing but support the Mexican cartels by providing guns and putting their competition out of business. The United States needs a system to regulate marijuana which is now the nation's number one cash crop. The actions of the government kill far more people than are killed by marijuana through overdose. Our second attempt at prohibition has failed to a far greater extent than did our first attempt. This is a public health problem not a law enforcement and prison problem.
Thinking Clearly March 07, 2012 at 01:11 AM
There is more than ample proof of marijuana's effectiveness as a medication.The fact that the U.S. Attorney doesn't know this and act accordingly is that no one in the Federal Government will act to change it. This is a travesty of Justice and an indication that there are other motives at work than protecting the public. http://marijuanamovie.org/full-documentary/
Thinking Clearly March 07, 2012 at 01:15 AM
How many people will have their lives destroyed before someone in Washington does something to change the brute force activities of the Justice Department?
Muzzy Lu March 07, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Big prison guard unions, police unions, big pharmaceuticals, liquor and tobacco companies want marijuana to stay illegal. Legalize marijuana now! How about just $2.99 for great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints. goo.gl/iYjPn  goo.gl/Jfs61
malcom lagauche March 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Nobody in the federal government seems to question how maijuana became a Class One controlled substance (the most addictive and dangerous). When Richard Nixon was president, there were many huge anti-war demonstrations. Nixon had a disdain for the protestors and was extremely paranoid. In his twisted logic, he concluded that marijuana was the cause of the demonstrations because of its widespread use by the dissidents. Soon after, it was re-classified as a Class One substance. This absurd action has remained until today and no federal official will challenge it. In many instances, our government has come up with some off-the-wall legislation that is quickly turned around. In the case of marijuana, this has yet to occur. If you want a laugh, go to the DEA website and see what it says about marijuana. Reefer Madness all over again.

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