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

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