The United States steps out in favour of medical marijuana use.
A memo from the Attorney General's office confirmed that pot should be legal, but only if you're messed up enough to really, really need it.
The memo aligned the federal and state laws that have contradicted each other up until now.
Where federal law prohibits possession, certain state laws create the gray area that everyone without cancer dabbles in until they get too ambitious, try to expand operations and mess with the wrong international cartel. Though that may have been an episode of Weeds.
Veiled by a barrage of precautionary qualifiers, the overall message lay in two or three little nuggets such as:
"Prosecution of individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment . . . is unlikely to be an efficient use of limited federal resources."
The act of clarification, as opposed to legislation, is still technically a step taken to make good on promises Obama made during the campaign to end raids on medical pot dispensaries, being carried out in States that have laws authorizing the use medical marijuana.
On the second day BObama was in office it was reported a medical marijuana dispensary in South Lake Tahoe was raided, followed by three more that month - which initially drew fire as deceptive on Obama's part despite the fact most of his appointees had yet to take office.
That's including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has since held the new party line that prosecution of medical marijuana users would be a waste of federal time in the 14 states it's legal to prescribe it.
Again in March, at the now infamous, first ever national virtual town-hall meeting, Obama fell under criticism for joking that legalizing pot wouldn't help economic ‘growth.' In response, TIME Magazine reported the state of California's revenue exceeded $100 million in 2007, exclusively from marijuana sales tax.
Canada was the first country to lift restrictions on medical marijuana following a case in the Ontario Supreme Court in 2000 that deemed such restrictions unconstitutional. Since then public complaints have had to do with the quality of the herb Health Canada, our only official supplier, grows.[rssbreak]