Congressional Lawmakers From California Dispute Interpretation of Medical Marijuana Measure
On Wednesday, Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Sam Farr (D-Calif.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying that his interpretation of a measure to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with states' medical marijuana laws is "emphatically wrong." Last week, DOJ officials said the measure does not prevent federal prosecution of individuals or groups that sell the drug. The lawmakers wrote, "Criminal prosecutions ... as well as asset forfeiture actions ... against dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay Area, were what motivated us ... to approve this measure."
- "Two California Lawmakers Challenge Justice Department on Medical Marijuana" (Phelps, Los Angeles Times, 4/8).