Obama Will Stop Medical Marijuana Raids—Good News For California Drug Decriminalizers?

How will the Attorney General's announcement about a change in drug policy affect the battle in California?

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Attorney General Holder officially announced yesterday that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana distributors in enforcement of drug laws.

Could the Obama administration’s seemingly less harsh stance on drug prohibition give political buoyancy to the attempt to legalize pot in California? Tom Ammiano, the California legislator who introduced that legislation, is happy about the administration’s move, for one. As the SF Weekly reports, Ammiano’s press secretary said, “"This really describes what we're seeing already which is that things are changing with regard to marijuana now.”

Or could the move rally the opposition in California?

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