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Holder Holds Off On Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

June 8, 2009, 12:00 am
By SFR Staff
Ever since SFR released the names and relative locations of one state-licensed medical marijuana producer at nine license applicants, we've been taking heat from those who claim we've put the growers in danger of prosecution.

Margaret Schulze, spokesowman for Santa Fe Institute For Natural Medicine, the state's only licensed grower, warned SFR that it would cease production if the story went to print. She claimed that even though US Attorney General Eric Holder stated that his Department of Justice would not prosecute medical marijuana growers legally formed under state law, such a story would irk the Drug Enforcement Agency into investigating anyway.

New Mexico Independent's Trip Jennings reports today that Holder addressed the issued during his visit to Albuquerque on Friday:

“For those organizations that are doing so sanctioned by state law, and doing it in a way that is consistent with state law, and given the limited resources that we have, that will not be an emphasis for this administration,” Holder said.

Nevertheless, SFR has received several calls and emails (ranging from "shame on you" to "fuck you!") from  patients and caregivers claiming that SFINM informed them that it will indeed shut down operations.

 

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