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Posted 10 months ago in Crime Government Marijuana by Betsy Kim  
Your Views on U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag [Poll]

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag is known for aggressively closing medical marijuana dispensaries, seizing property under forfeiture laws. California law allows medical patients and their designated primary caregivers to legally possess and grow marijuana. (But they cannot sell or distribute it.) Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance under federal law. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is reforming drug laws, reducing sentences of low level drug offenders. He also says the federal government will not …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
US Attorney Hints Medical Marijuana Crackdown to Continue

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, one of four federal attorneys behind the nearly two-year crackdown on medical marijuana in California, suggested her enforcement will continue despite new drug policy guidance from the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in late August that the federal government won’t sue to block state laws legalizing marijuana in various forms, including the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. An accompanying memo issued by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole identified eight …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Obama Administration Won’t Block State Marijuana Reforms

The Obama administration announced Thursday it will not seek to strike down state marijuana laws that conflict with federal law, including last year’s voter-driven legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder hosted a conference call with the Governors of Colorado and Washington to inform them of the decision and warn them that the Department of Justice would be closely monitoring the marijuana activity in their states. Holder described a “trust but verify” system in which …

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Posted 11 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
DOJ Scraps Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will stop charging certain nonviolent drug offenders with charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder outlined a variety of efforts the DOJ plans to undertake “to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate – not merely to warehouse and forget.” Among those efforts is a change to federal charging policies for nonviolent …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government Internet Law by Josh Crank  
U.S. Attorney Under Fire for Swartz Suicide

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz faces a formal congressional investigation and calls for her resignation over the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, an Internet pioneer and activist who committed suicide earlier this month. Ortiz’s critics accuse her of prosecutorial overreach for heaping multiple felony charges on Swartz, who was accused of downloading millions of academic articles with the intent to distribute them online at no cost. The charges against Swartz carried a maximum sentence of more than 50 years in prison and …

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