Monday, October 19, 2009

Another Step Toward Sanity

Sometimes small issues show clearly how much better Obama is for the country than shrub ever was. For example, law enforcement:

The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.

The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Yeah, it's a very small step, but by accepting medical marijuana in states that have legalized it Obama has ended a hateful and inhumane position of the shrub administration, and a total waste of government resources. I'm one of those liberals who would like to see all marijuana legalized, as a matter of personal freedom, but medical marijuana shouldn't even be debatable for humanitarian reasons.

So, one good (albeit small) step.

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