WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.
The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.
Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
California is unique among those for the presence of dispensaries _ businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.
A 3-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.
At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.
In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or other crimes.
And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.
The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. Attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.
Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama's repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.
Shortly after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government's plans.
Are you wondering just how creative you can be? Are you handy around this home, preferring to do-it-yourself? Below are links to some websites where you can find suggestions for what to do with "it" or share your own ideas.
Carry and reuse fabric linens (e.g., napkins, tablecloths, towels, etc.), flatware/silverware, a refillable cup/mug, bowls, plates, etc. in cafeterias, homes, offices, and restaurants.
In restaurants, ask for aluminum foil or bring your own reusable containers.
Lunch bags, lunch boxes, or coolers are reusable, durable, and spacious.
Purchase a reusable coffee filter rather than disposable paper filters.
Reuse plastic microwave dishes as picnic-ware.
Store food in reusable containers rather than plastic wrap or disposable plastic bags.
After it freshly snows, lay old doormats under birdfeeders to catch fallen birdseed for birds who can't get the seed that falls into the snow.
Old file cabinets can store gloves, hats, hand tools, pruning tools, seeds, string, etc.
Plastic miniblinds can become plant markers.
Carry small, reusable bags and containers for use when purchasing bulk foods and produce.
Foam "peanuts" and bubble wrap can be reused or donated to company mailrooms. Take foam "peanuts" and bubble wrap to a local shipping service or check with the Peanut Hotline at 1.800.828.2214 for an automated list of local businesses that will reuse clean, dry, loose fill packaging materials.
Large, durable, reusable bags are useful when shopping.
Make scouring pads from onion and potato mesh bags.
Paper or plastic bags can be reused to line trashcans instead of buying trash bags or plastic liners.
Return clothes hangers to the cleaners.
Reuse bread bags, glass jars, grocery bags, plastic tubs, produce bags, etc. to store food and other items.
Brown paper grocery bags are sturdy enough for wrapping packages to be mailed.
Clean messes or spills with reusable dishcloths or rags, rather than disposable paper towels.
Envelopes can be reused by placing labels over typed or written areas.
Handkerchiefs reduce paper tissue waste and are softer on your skin.
Reuse holiday and greeting cards by cutting off the back, then writing and posting the card covers as postcards; or by using the card covers as gift tags.
Share catalog and magazine subscriptions.
Use both sides of a sheet of paper (particularly for draft documents).
Install reusable air conditioner and furnace filters, and clean monthly.
Old, used, or worn out textiles (e.g., bandanas, clothes, curtains/drapes, scarves, sheets, washcloths, etc.) can be reused to cover buttons, to create or cover pillows, to make patches for decorations or hiding holes in clothing and linens, or to make quilts.
Rechargeable batteries can reduce household hazardous waste.
Refill lighter fluid and blades, rather than using disposables.
Refillable pens and pencils conserve resources.
St. Louis Teachers' Recycle Center, Inc. or Leftovers, etc. will accept items and materials that could be reused (e.g., bottles, bottle caps, buttons, canisters, fabric, film containers, jars, stickers, yarn, wood scraps, etc.).
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore accepts building materials and fixtures.
"The freedom of speech is a wonderful thing and so are internet communities. People can have serious or light-hearted conversations and exchange opinions on various subjects. Sometimes people may disagree and that is just part of a discussion, nothing wrong with it. But some people just randomly yell out insults like "troll", "noob", "idiot", "no one cares about your problems", as a response to serious threads. Such people should just get banned or at least suspended from the forum for a while. Lots of internet communities just let it slide, but they shouldn't, we should urge all internet communities to make sure that their forums are safe to write in, without people yelling out random insults!" ~ Signe Robertson
I think it great to have communities police themselves like youtube has now. I also think that the cyber communities themselves should be able to do this exclusive of out side support. It is a very unique catch 22 because we are more or less not governed in cyber space.
I have been stalked by an absolute psycho and it has just about ruined my web life! I host a group about HIV and AIDS and other than the 1 known psycho have had others; all kinds of mysterious attacks. I'm sure the one person at least is mistaken me as a vulnerable and therefore attacking me? People are the craziest animals. I try to let it go. You know we ain't gonna like everybody out there, and visa versa, no matter who we are! You know people will crucify the best among them? It helps me to understand this - I don't have any use for worry and anxiety otherwise. People are the cwaziest animals! I love them anyway!! I think in forums threads and the blogosphere usually these out blurts are from people who are intellectually ineffectual and therefore are acting their shoe size at the time! I have something like this to think (to myself) at times like these - to whom it may concern - "Whatever d a!? You know get off the porch so to speak! Sit down, take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth, you might learn somethin!!"
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Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) October 4
St. Francis embraced this prayer before a crucifix in a little church called San Damiano: "Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Instill in me a correct faith, a certain hope and a perfect love; a sense and a knowledge, Lord, so that I may do your holy and true command."
Francis’ words are often in the form of direct "conversation" with God, a conversation that includes all creation. His Canticle of the Creatures proclaims: "Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, all praise, glory, honor and blessing are yours...All praise to you, Oh Lord, for Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” all these brother and sister creatures. His themes spring from sacred scripture, e.g. Psalms ("The orb of the Sun, resplendent at its rising; what a wonderful work of the Most High!") and St. Matthew’s Gospel ("Look at the birds in the sky...Learn from the way the wild flowers grow").
A Franciscan Blessing of Pets – a popular custom in remembrance of St. Francis’ love for all creatures – usually goes like this: "Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen."
Francis never dreamed of the word, "Franciscan." As he hinted in thoughts on "Perfect Joy" -- which his early companion Leo wrote down -- following in the footsteps of Christ takes humility and sometimes suffering. Francis’ thorough trust in God’s provision led him to marry "Lady Poverty", eschewing the rich inheritance he would have received from his father’s textile business. Francis and his band of followers, the Friars Minor, chose instead to wear peasant’s tunics, serve the needs of lepers, restore ruined churches, and sing God’s praises, letting the whole world be their cloister.
Francis is revered as a role model and exemplar of peace by those of every nation and creed. In 1986 Pope John Paul II designated Assisi as the site of a multi-faith prayer gathering: "Day of Prayer for World Peace." In 1993 the Pope invited leaders of Christian churches as well as those from Judaism and Islam to attend "Assisi, on the Road to Peace" to pray for Europe and the Balkans, at that time engaged in conflict. Again in 2002 John Paul II invited more than 200 spiritual leaders to Assisi for prayer. The choice of Assisi for these gatherings and the response to the Pope's invitations are eloquent testimony to the power of St. Francis’ peacemaking.
With thanks for the contributions of Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., President Emeritus, Siena College.
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Pilar Farnsworth, our
dear friend and Associate
Minister at Essentials of
Life Holistic Enrichment
Center, for writing this
week's message for
us. I asked Pilar
to write to us in
preparation for the
Winter Solstice on Dec...
1. Go to a peaceful,
serene spot that you feel
most calm in. It must be
quiet and free of
clutter. 2. Close your
eyes and get into a
position. Take six deep
breaths with a count of
six seconds on the inhale
through the nose and
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I would like to take this
opportunity to thank all
those who have helped me
along the way. In
other words, everyone
I've ever met, and many I
haven't. I believe
everyone who crosses our
path or our mind is there
for a reason, whether we
Spirituality is, of
course, different from
religion. This is
in part why we changed
our description to that
of being an
rather than an interfaith
interfaith hints at
religion, meaning we are
a church of all...
Excuses don't really
excuse anyone from
anything other than to
g4t out of learning,
advancing and reaching
goals, as in having an
excuse to miss
class. You miss
it. That's what I'm
talking about.Some people
use excuses for
During times of grieving
it seems as if nothing
can ever be right
something of importance
is lost, there
always will be a void,
but things will be right
again, in the end.
can we say that in the
face of the death of a
This meditation uses
words, images, and
feelings to evoke a
oneself and others. With
each recitation of the
phrases, we are
expressing an intention,
planting the seeds of
loving wishes over and
over in our heart...
To cultivate compassion,
let yourself sit in a
centered and quiet way.
In this traditional form
of practice you will
combine a repeated inner
visualization and the
evocation of the feeling
of compassion. As you
first sit, breathe