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Only in the Enlightened Age of the Obamessiah,...
Experts believe it is already clear the Obama administration will change the strategy, if not the law, on medical marijuana.
The White House won't say it explicitly. Neither will the Drug Enforcement Administration. Yet there is a whiff in the air that U.S. policy is about to change when it comes to medical marijuana.
The message is clear, said UCLA professor Mark Kleiman, a former Justice Department official and an expert on crime and drug policy.
"It is no longer federal policy to beat up on hippies," said Kleiman.
(BA - That's because those losers put him in the White House in the first place!)
"Anyone possessing, distributing or cultivating marijuana for any reason is in violation of federal law," Sarah Pullen, a DEA spokeswoman in Los Angeles, said Thursday.
That may be the law, but it contradicts the medical marijuana position of the new president.
"The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind," said White House spokesman Nick Shapiro, repeating past statements.
So on Friday, DEA officials in Washington declined to comment at all on the subject.
As a presidential candidate, Obama repeatedly promised a change in federal drug policy in situations where state laws allow use of medical marijuana.
At age 47, Obama is part of a generation that had plenty of exposure to pot.
In his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," he described time spent as a youth struggling with questions about his race and identity, and turning to drugs -- including marijuana and cocaine -- to "push questions of who I was out of my mind."
1443 days to go,....