Dr. Bramhall is a retired American child and adolescent psychiatrist, activist and political refugee in New Zealand.

Her first book The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led her to leave the US in 2002. She has also published two young adult novels about political activism: The Battle for Tomorrow: A Fable

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Obama Quietly Legalizes Marijuana

Justice Department Agrees Not to Challenge State Marijuana Laws

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By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

 

According to Yahoo News, the Obama administration quietly legalized marijuana use last week – at least in states with medical and recreational marijuana laws.

In an abrupt about face, Deputy Attorney General James Cole notified all 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices that states with recreational and medical marijuana laws can now let people use it, grow it under license, and purchase it from retail facilities — so long as possession is prohibited in minors and it doesn’t end up on federal property or in the hands of gangs and criminal enterprises. Other high priority enforcement areas include prevention of drugged driving, the use of state-authorized marijuana activity as a cover for trafficking other illegal drugs, and the use of firearms in marijuana cultivation or distribution.

The memo elaborated that all states legalizing marijuana will be expected to enact rigorous regulatory regimes. If they fail to do so, the Justice Department will respond by challenging their regulatory structure, rather than prosecuting marijuana users – as they have done in the past.

A great victory for states rights, the move will boost legalization initiatives in states where marijuana is still illegal. Possession remains a felony offense in only 16 states. In the other 34 states, marijuana use has either been decriminalized or reduced to a misdemeanor. In Washington and Colorado, both possession and sales became legal (by voter initiative) last November.

 

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  1. sweetliberty  September 6, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Interesting…

    ‘ Uruguay first country to legalize marijuana’

    **http://the-tap.blogspot.nl/2013/09/uruguay-first-country-to-legalize.html

  2. Chandler  September 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Although I differ with what you just wrote, I want to say you explained yourself very well. I enjoyed reading it and would simply like to thank you for presenting yourself as you did. It reflects and sincere and thoughtful person. Stick to what you believe and say it with dignity and pride. Very good! Look forward to more of your comments.

  3. Chandler  September 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I am not sure what Oblunder is up to, but his motives pertaining to legalizing the mind-altering drug is suspect. He is not known for effecting anything positive for the public, and since marijuana is a mind-altering substance, I do hope anyone using this lung toxic garbage, stays home and does not operate machinery or a
    car.
    Obama care is a joke. Taking sweets out of school lunches, the quest for good nutrition in schools to abolish obesity in children, making seat belts mandatory, laws demanding the use of car seats for infants, trying to mandate helmets for cyclists, (bicycle or otherwise,) and all the other safety demands placed upon all of us, is all well intended safety programs. National safety standards are in place for people’s protection. A good thing.
    But legalizing marijuana has a looming potential to make the roadway even worse. Marijuana is a mind altering, lung damaging drug. The havoc it wreaks is subtle, see only by police and medical personnel both inside and outside the hospital setting.
    The long term and short term effects of it has taken its toll on many. Although alcohol is worse and nore obvious, the number of hospital admissions after auto accidents showing positive results for THC in the bloodstream is rising. These stats are not official, but common sense dictates, any mind altering chemical, beer, wine, liquor is dangerous on our highways. Since blood tests reveal positive or negative results for THC, more tragedy looms.

  4. Fred Goebel  September 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I would like to see VA hospitals prescribing marijuana to its patients who could benefit from it, including myself, who has to live with chronic pain from two neck fusion operations.

    • Chandler  September 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      This is the proper use of this chemical. I applaud you. it would certainly be better than Morphine or Dilaudid or other pain killers with their horrendous side effects and physical crippling effects.
      least you wan’t be out motoring around with a thousand-plus pound motorized torpedo. May you find relief soon. Marijuana would be very appropriate for you.

  5. captain obvious  September 2, 2013 at 5:45 am

    “Other high priority enforcement areas include prevention of drugged driving”.
    I’m not un-concerned with safety issues, but studies HAVE been conducted showing a person who’d consumed alcohol AND a small amount of pot, are more aware of their motor impairment, and it also restores some inhibition, so they proceed slower and safer trying to get home in one piece instead of operating a vehicle like a leadfooted ape! I’m not advocating using a vehicle while intoxicated, bad idea, but prohibition of alcohol sure didnt work and of itself, its a lot more dangerous than a little pot.

  6. sweetliberty  September 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Thank you for this, Dr. Bramhall.

    To make more room in the prison system for the incarceration of people not able to pay their debts… ?
    Just a thought.

    • captain obvious  September 2, 2013 at 5:34 am

      makes sense to me after the District of Criminals had deliberately treasonously sabotaged our economy, but I doubt they’ll clear out all their pet slave labor potheads from their illegaly privatized prison industry.
      what states should have been doing all along, sherriffs arresting feds trying to bust people for a little pot.
      IMHO, if its grown or used isnt anyones business unless theres MONEY involved, no cash transactions also meaning no motivations for anything profit, and no taxations.

    • sweetliberty  September 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      … was thinking future incarcerations for petty bits of pot.

    • captain obvious  September 3, 2013 at 3:48 am

      yup, agree about that too, but also of the opinion that past petty arrests and incarcerations should be released and compensated for everything lost or stolen as result of such. in Oregon a person is entitled to 1500 dollars per day for such. being locked away, they lose cars, homes, jobs, etc.

      entirely on the other hand, I CAN relate to police using posession of a little pot as excuse to get someone KNOWN to be criminally inclined off the darn streets for a while, as had been done in the past.. but now with “the police state” as it has become, oh hell no!

      there was a case in Sonoma County years ago, a guy who’d been convicted of alcohol abuse drunk in public AND spousal abuse domestic violence.. had quit drinking completely and turned to smoking a little pot here-n-there. he was no longer a violent drunk, but the system was trying to call posession of a little marijuanna “STRIKE THREE” to lock him away forever! he’d not victimized anyone at all after changing his preference of mood alterant, but they were sure trying and determined to make him THEIR victim!

    • sweetliberty  September 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

      I can well appreciate what you’ve said here, Captain

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