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Friday, June 3, 2011

Holder: Feds to Work with States on Medical Marijuana

Holder speaks in Rhode Island today.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder suggested today that the U.S. Justice Department will work with medicla marijuana states to reach a resolution on the establishment of dispensaries.

"We are in the process of working these issues with the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. attorneys across the country,'' Holder said today at a press conference held at the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, RI.. "My hope is that something in the not too distant future .... will be addressed.''

Holder was peppered with questions about the Justice Department's position on dispensaries that sell marijuana to patients who use the drug to deal with the debilitating symptoms of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, chronic pain and multiple-sclerosis.

Holder dodged questions about whether or not he support raids or arrests of state employees who help facilitate the regulation of medical marijuana. He repeatedly said that he hopes more discussions between federal and state officials will led to a fair resolution.
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