Justice Department To Set Guidelines For States Legalizing Marijuana

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The U.S. Government made a major policy change on Thursday when the Attorney General, Eric Holder, told the governors of Colorado and Washington that the Justice Department would back off and let them regulate marijuana distribution in their respective states.

According to one official in the Justice Department, the AG advised the governors that His department would assume a “trust but verify” policy with states that legalize marijuana use among legal adults.

Holder pointed out, however, that the Justice Department reserves the right to file a preemptive lawsuit if they feel it becomes necessary. It is the position of the Federal Government that legalizing marijuana violates the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.

James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, sent an instructive memo on this subject to all U.S. Attorneys. According to the memo, the Justice Department expects state and local governments to enact strong enforceable regulations when it comes to their marijuana laws. Should their laws end up posing a threat to public health or safety, the Federal Government may step in.

In fact, Cole’s memo went even instructed U.S. Attorneys about when they should directly get involved.  For instance, they are to prosecute individuals who are guilty of distributing marijuana to minors. In addition, they should prosecute when money earned from the sale of marijuana is used to support criminal activities, criminal gangs, or drug cartels.

The U.S. Attorneys will be responsible for interpreting the guidelines as they apply in their individual regions. They will decide who they will prosecute and how they go about it.

To illustrate the point, a Justice Department spokesperson said that a U.S. Attorney would  likely prosecute distributors of marijuana who use cartoon characters in their marketing campaigns.  Their intent, it was stated, would clearly be to tempt minors to purchase marijuana.

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Dealing With A Crippling Addition To Pain Meds

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Whenever someone starts to develop an addiction to drugs, it can be difficult to see the dramatic impact that it has on every aspect of their life. Unfortunately, even when it comes to something such as pain medication, there can be hard consequences that come along with taking them. Quite often, the person can become addicted to the pain meds, which can lead them down a slipper slope of addiction and shopping around for pills to help keep up with their cravings. In order to help someone you love with an addition to pain medication, it is important that you recognize both the signs and the best way that you can get them to treatment.

Depending on past history, someone who gets addicted to pain meds easily is often someone who has been known to take other drugs. For example, someone who is a recovering drug addict or alcoholic can end up becoming addicted to pain meds much easier than someone who may have never been addicted to a substance before. When such an individual gets into a car accident, has surgery or any other sort of health concern that may require pain medication, there is always a higher risk of becoming addicted. However, the chance of becoming addicted can and often is just as great for someone who has never done drugs or any other substance.

Many times, someone who is developing or involved in an addiction to pain medications will be quick to become irritable. Not only that, but you may also find that he or she will be lying more often and trying to find pills wherever they can. Sometimes, this will mean going to different doctors or emergency rooms to get pills or prescriptions. Other times, they may start to resort to selling their own items in order to get the money to obtain the pain medications illegally. It goes without saying that such a cycle can become very dangerous and unless treated, the individual could end up developing long term health conditions or even succumb to their addiction.

If someone you know has you concerned that they are addicted or starting to develop an addiction to pain meds, it is important that you get them the help that they need in a timely fashion so that they can get started on the road to recovery and health.