Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Department of Justice does not consider it a priority to prosecute patients and distributors who are in "clear and unambiguous" compliance with state laws that allow for medical marijuana use.
"This action ... reflects the clear sea change taking place, both domestically and especially internationally, regarding drug policy," writes Glenn Greenwald at Salon. "When Mexico decriminalized drugs for 'personal use' in August, the silence -- including from Washington -- was deafening[.]"
Domestically, one may also note the recent introduction of legislation in the Senate which would end the sentencing disparity for possession of crack and powder cocaine. The minimum sentences for the same amount of the two drugs currently bears a 100:1 ratio which disproportionately affects African Americans. Companion legislation has already been introduced in the House and the Obama administration has voiced support for eliminating the disparity.
ACS has published articles and blog posts related to debate over drug policy, including an Issue Brief by Professor Alex Kreit called Toward a Public Health Approach to Drug Policy, and guest blog posts by San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and When Brute Force Fails author Professor Mark Kleiman.