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Posted at 6:34 PM ET, 04/26/2010

An obstacle to D.C.'s medical marijuana law

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By Eric E. Sterling
Silver Spring

The April 19 editorial “Medical marijuana” made a wise observation regarding the D.C. medical marijuana law — “critical details will need to be worked out in its implementation” — but did not mention the key obstacle: the federal drug law and the Drug Enforcement Administration opposition. The D.C. law and those of 14 states are messy because they need to work around federal law. D.C. and the states would benefit from DEA cooperation, not opposition stubbornly grounded on the Constitution’s supremacy clause.

Aside from the Mexican drug trafficking organizations, the big challenge for the next DEA administrator is to help the states and D.C. implement their medical marijuana laws. President Obama’s nominee, Michele M. Leonhart, has been at the top of DEA for seven years as deputy and acting administrator. Previously she was DEA special agent-in-charge in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since 1997, she has led DEA in resisting state medical marijuana laws. She lacks an essential qualification: a commitment to working with the states to implement these compassionate laws. The Senate Judiciary Committee should look closely at her record and her willingness to carry out that mission.

The writer is president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.

By editors  | April 26, 2010; 6:34 PM ET
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In order for any medical marijuana law to work it requires the following:
1. Compliance with state law to the highest level
2. Professional management team that is engaged within the disabilities community and thus able to provide management of the cannabis therapeutic program,
3.Transparent books and detailed client files so the cannabis clinic becomes another tool for the physician to help deal with his patients chronic pain without the use of heavy narcotics.
4.EDUCATION for those that do not agree with the use of cannabis in a civil fashion with facts .
5.ACCOUNTABILITY OF INVENTORY is to the gram and all is tracked from the production to the client.
As the founder and President of Montana Pain Management a cannabis clinic that is based on a medical clinic. We provide case management, PTSD specialist, disabilities specialist and have a free hospice program for any hospice client.
With open communication with civic leaders and the community the clinic will serve it can work and provide livable wage jobs, and professional staffing in providing a means to ease suffering.
R. Rosio
Montana Pain Management INC
2311 3rd Street
Missoula, Mt. 59802

Posted by: medcannabis1 | April 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if they have to work around federal law at all. The collectives I've seen in California simply (and unashamedly) contradict federal law.

Posted by: jasonrocks7 | April 27, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

What needs to happen is the feds getting REAL about rescheduling ,or better yet,DEscheduling Cannabis. In the face of growing acceptance of Cannabis use for Medical AND recreational purposes the feds have two choices,they can do the RIGHT thing and reschedule , OR, they can fight the states, and THEY WILL LOSE..

Posted by: LDude | April 27, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What we need is marijuana to be rescheduled because it is a medicine. And we need legislation from congress for medical marijuana instead of a memo from the Attorney General. That "memo" can be changed to read something else.

Posted by: claygooding | April 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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