Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
5Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
James Cole Memo Regarding Medical Marijuana

James Cole Memo Regarding Medical Marijuana

Ratings: (0)|Views: 11,015 |Likes:
Published by Nick

More info:

Categories:Types, Legal forms
Published by: Nick on Jul 05, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/10/2013

pdf

text

original

 
u.s.
Department
of
Justice
Office of the Deputy Attorney General
Mbshington. D.C. 20530
June
29,
2011
MEMORANDUM FOR UNITED STATFROM: James
M.
ColeDeputy AttornSUBJECT: Guidance Regarding the Ogden Memo in JurisdictionsSeeking to Authorize Marijuana for Medical UseOver the last several months some
of
you have requested the Department's assistance inresponding to inquiries from State and local governments seeking guidance about theDepartment's position on enforcement
of
the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in jurisdictionsthat have under consideration, or have implemented, legislation that would sanction and regulatethe commercial cultivation and distribution
of
marijuana purportedly for medical use. Some
of
these jurisdictions have considered approving the cultivation
of
large quantities
of
marijuana, orbroadening the regulation and taxation
of
the substance. You may have seen letters respondingto these inquiries by several United States Attorneys. Those letters are entirely consistent withthe October 2009 memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General David Ogden to federalprosecutors in States that have enacted laws authorizing the medical use
of
marijuana (the"Ogden Memo").The Department
of
Justice is committed to the enforcement
of
the Controlled SubstancesAct in all States. Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegaldistribution and sale
of
marijuana is a serious crime that provides a significant source
of
revenueto large scale criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels. The Ogden Memorandum providesguidance to you in deploying your resources
to
enforce the CSA as part
of
the exercise
of
thebroad discretion you are given to address federal criminal matters within your districts.A number
of
states have enacted some form
of
legislation relating to the medical use
of
marijuana. Accordingly, the Ogden Memo reiterated to you that prosecution
of
significanttraffickers
of
illegal drugs, including marijuana, remains a core priority, but advised that it islikely not an efficient use
of
federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on individuals withcancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part
of
a recommended treatment regimenconsistent with applicable state law, or their caregivers. The term "caregiver" as used in thememorandum meant just that: individuals providing care to individuals with cancer or otherserious illnesses, not commercial operations cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana.The Department's view
of
the efficient use
of
limited federal resources as articulated inthe Ogden Memorandum has not changed. There has, however, been an increase in the scope
of

Activity (5)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->