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Fans of legal marijuana cheer but opponents speak out before historic Senate hearing on pot
 
September 10, 2013
By Bill Laitner
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The pros and cons of marijuna will take center stage Tuesday in Washington, D.C., when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a landmark hearing on legalization.

Requested by committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the hearing was triggered by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement last month that federal authorities no longer will interfere as states adopt laws to allow medical marijuana or to legalize the drug entirely.

The hearing is on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws. In calling for it, Leahy questioned whether, at a time of severe budget cutting, federal prosecutions of marijuana users are the best use of taxpayer dollars.

Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the nonprofit lobby group Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., said he hopes for a breakthrough in the hearing that would lead to changes in federal banking laws, allowing marijuana sellers to accept credit cards and checks, not just cash ...


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This fall, Michigan lawmakers could take up bills that would ease laws on marijuana and widen medical users' access to it.

 

 

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The Aug 29 DOJ decision not to sue the states (WA and CO) along with their guidelines and todays hearing should make it much easier for our lawmakers to do the right thing.  At least head in that direction, I hope.

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