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US Attorney General Says Ending DEA Raids “Now American Policy”
Dear ASA Supporter,
Speaking at a press conference on Feb. 25 with DEA Administrator Michele
Leonhart, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that ending federal
medical marijuana raids "is now American policy." The Attorney General’s
comments are the latest sign of a sea change in federal policy prompted by a
groundswell of grassroots pressure by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and our
allies. They came as a response to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids
carried out by Bush Administration holdovers in California in January and
ASA needs your support to keep grassroots pressure on the Attorney General.
Please support ASA today.
President Obama indicated he would end the DEA raids during his presidential
campaign, a position reiterated by the White House following DEA raids in raids
which took placeon February 4. In response to a question last night about DEA
raids at medical marijuana facilities in California, Holder said, "What the
President said during the campaign...is consistent with what we will be doing
here in law enforcement. He was my boss in the campaign....He is my boss now.
What he said in the campaign is now American policy."
Medical marijuana patients and advocates, who have mounted a massive grassroots
campaign to influence the new Administration’s policy, cheered the Attorney
General’s comments. 72 million Americans live in states where medical
cannabis is legal, but federal law prohibits its use under any circumstances.
More than 100 Americans are currently facing prosecution, sentencing, or
serving time in prison for medical cannabis offense right now. ASA needs your
help to ensure that the emerging change in federal policy signals an end to
prosecutions and brings those already serving time for medical cannabis
offenses home to their families.
ASA has provided recommendations for a new national medical cannabis policy to
President Obama and the 111th Congress earlier this year. We are working
overtime now to be sure those recommendations are heard in this new era of
compassionate federal policy. Please support ASA in this effort.
Americans for Safe Access