Feds Lighten up on Illegal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, but US Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered agents and prosecutors not to pursue suppliers and patients in 13 states where the drug has been legalized for medicinal purposes. Holder says his permissive approach is contingent on those who deal with it complying with state law. Los Angeles County's District Attorney Steve Cooley says Holder's approach won't conflict with his plans for a major crackdown because "about 100% of dispensaries…[here]…are operating illegally." Solomon Moore is criminal justice correspondent for the New York Times.

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Guest:
Solomon Moore - Criminal Justice Reporter, New York Times

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal, Frances Anderton