SALEM – Nearly 40,000 Oregonians who smoke or supply medical
marijuana can breathe a little easier after receiving assurances from
the Obama administration Monday that they will not face prosecution if
they follow state laws that give them the right to use, grow or deliver
a drug that is illegal under federal law.
The U.S. Justice Department delivered its new guidelines to U.S.
attorneys in Oregon and 13 other states with medical marijuana laws. The
department’s three-page memo instructs government lawyers to limit
their focus to drug traffickers, including those who illega