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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon
U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall: “I don’t care about medical marijuana”

Oregon’s new federal prosecutor said that while she’s “concerned” about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, she’s not going to prioritize going after medicinal cannabis providers.

“People say, ‘You’re the U.S. Attorney; are you going to go after medical marijuana?’ No, I’m not,” Amanda Marshall told Nigel Duara of The Associated Press. “I don’t care about medical marijuana.”
Marshall’s office estimates the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon as at least 100, most of which are in the Portland metro area. Her predecessor in 2010 joined his counterparts in other medical marijuana states in sending warning letters which threatened medical marijuana providers and their landlords with civil asset forfeiture if they continued to operate.
Marshall told the AP that Oregon’s medical marijuana law itself isn’t so much the problem as is the “lack of oversight” of medicinal cannabis grows and distribution.
Her backing away from the Obama Administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana may have been at least partially inspired by the political fate of former interim Oregon U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton, who had criticized the state’s medicinal cannabis program as a “train wreck.”

Torsten Kjellstrand/The Oregonian
Paul Stanford has dedicated his life to advocating for medical marijuana. A medical marijuana cardholder, he and others involved with THCF grow marijuana for themselves and others. There is usually a surplus from this Portland garden, and most of it goes to patients who can’t grow their own or afford to buy it from others.

‚ÄčMedical marijuana advocate and businessman Paul Stanford, in an exclusive interview with Toke of the Town, has responded to a negative article by The Associated Press which on Sunday described his life as one “of error, missteps and regrets, one laden with betrayals and failure.”

Portland-based AP reporter Nigel Duara called Stanford and The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) “the nation’s leading gateway to the drug,” even going so far as to label him a “Dope King” in the headline and to refer to his supporters as “dope enthusiasts” who regard Stanford as “something of a savior.”
So, how did we get back to 1970s or even 1960s style “evil weed” journalism in the blink of an eye? Wasn’t yesterday supposed to be the start of a new year? Aren’t we in the second decade of the 21st Century?
Apparently, only some of us are.