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New Memo on Medical Marijuana Policy


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Medical marijuana at the Sunset Junction dispensary in Los Angeles.
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Medical marijuana at the Sunset Junction dispensary in Los Angeles.

The Department of Justice issued a new memo to federal prosecutors clarifying its medical marijuana policy. Calling marijuana "a dangerous drug," the memo threatened enforcement actions against those in the business of cultivating and distributing pot. What does this mean for California?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • McGregor Scott, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California during the George W. Bush administration and current partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm in Sacramento
  • Michael Montgomery, reporter for KQED and California Watch
  • Steve DeAngelo, founder and executive director of Harborside Health Center, a city-licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Oakland

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The new memo contrasts a 2009 memo which said federal resources should not be used to prosecute those in "clear and unambiguous" compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

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