The DEA recently raided a California medical marijuana dispensary, raising the question of what Obama's official policy will be.
"I think the basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs prescribed by doctors (is) entirely appropriate," Obama told Oregon's Mail Tribune newspaper in March. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue."
The raid took place two days after Obama took office but before he had his own Justice Department team in place. Nevertheless it took place on his watch and medical pot activists and civil libertarians want him to freeze any future raids, or at least clarify what the current playing field looks like.
"We're sympathetic to the fact the administration is just getting its feet on the ground," Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Dan Bernath said on Thursday, "but this does show he needs to appoint folks who will respects his principles and policies."
Having been trail blazers with legalizing medical marijuana, Oregonians will be watching closely to see how Obama's formal policy on the subject materializes.
Meanwhile halfway around the world a new political party in Israel is creating a buzz well outside her borders. A faction called the Green Leaf Graduates split away from a small party best known for it's advocacy for legalizing Cannabis and is merging with the Halocaust Survivors party to form a new party simply (and appropriately) called Green Leaf to improve visibility for both advocacy groups. You wouldn't think that aging pensioners would have much in common with a younger, more hip generation trying to legalize pot. But in a parlimentary system it makes a certain sense to pool resources for the benefit of both groups. And if their edgy new TV commercial is any indication, the aging pensioners have embraced the merger with gusto!