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The President and Medical Marijuana

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Federal law bans all marijuana but, in 16 states and Washington, DC, it's legal as medicine. As a candidate, Barack Obama said he would not "circumvent state law," and his administration discontinued the high-profile raids of the Bush years. But now those raids have resumed, and local officials implementing state laws are being threatened with federal prosecution. Has the President broken a campaign promise? Is medical marijuana a front for organized crime? Is it so widely used that the federal ban should go the way of alcohol prohibition?

Credits

Guests:
Tim Dickinson - Rolling Stone magazine - @7im, Benjamin Wagner - US Attorney's Office, Michael Montgomery - KQED and California Watch - @MichaelMontCW, Norm Stamper - Law Enforcement against Prohibition - @CopsSayLegalize, Brian Vicente - Sensible Colorado - @VicenteConsult

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Karen Radziner, Frances Anderton