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States, feds spar over medical marijuana


By Pamela M. Prah, Stateline Staff Writer






MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The Obama administration has backed away from its 2009 position that it won’t spend resources prosecuting marijuana users who are abiding state laws. Now, the administration is warning states that everyone from licensed growers to state regulators could be subject to prosecution, the Associated Press reports. Letters with various cautions have gone to officials in Arizona, California, Colorado and Rhode Island. Montana put strict limits on its decriminalization law following a series of federal raids. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire vetoed a medical marijuana licensing proposal, but state lawmakers are working on another version aimed at meeting her concern: that state employees might face federal prosecution for handing out licenses to marijuana dispensaries. Despite the federal threat, Connecticut and Delaware are considering legalizing medical marijuana.




GAY MARRIAGE: Admitting there was "no realistic chance" of passing same-sex marriage legislation this year, Rhode Island's openly gay House speaker, Gordon D. Fox, threw his support to civil unions instead. In New York, gay marriage advocates are hoping former President Bill Clinton’s support of a marriage equality measure there will prod lawmakers to approve it. As president, Clinton upset many in the gay community when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman. And in California, supporters of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, say the ruling by a federal judge that struck down that measure should be thrown out now that the judge has admitted he is gay.




GAMBLING: Several states with significant gambling markets, including Nevada and New York, are cutting funds for gambling-addiction programs, raising concerns that prevention and treatment of the problem will suffer, The Wall Street Journal reports. But in Maryland, with two casinos newly opened and more on the horizon, state officials unveiled a toll-free help line and programs to strengthen the social safety net for people addicted to betting. As Stateline reported last week, overall state tax gambling revenues climbed to $7.6 billion last year, a 3 percent increase.




IMMIGRATION: A program crucial to President Obama's bid to toughen enforcement of immigration laws faces growing resistance from state governments, The New York Times reports. Illinois plans to pull out of the program, known as Secure Communities, under which the fingerprints of every person booked by the police are checked against federal databases for immigration violations. Some officials in California, Maryland and Massachusetts also have concerns.




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Good morning in Michigan !

Extremely interesting subjects. Doing some preliminary research, Gambling was brought to this country by our forefathers. Gambling was used as a means to raise revenue for otherwise beneficial purposes. These proceeds were used to build or improve schools and colleges early on.


Gambling in the US , more Gambling re: Jamestown


I've found that Prohibition Era seems to be as much about gambling as alcohol. I saw on DiscoveryTV a piece about the Prohibition and how it was a predominatley Political movement, to wrest away the power of the Saloon owners and theoretically Gambling concerns from dominating the polls. They never outlawed drinking alcohol, just its sale. So one could assume that these have been used as tools by Our Government ever since.....


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