Federal drug agents this week raided four medical marijuana shops in California, contrary to President Obama’s campaign promises to stop the raids. The White House said it expects those kinds of raids to end once Obama nominates someone to take charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is still run by Bush administration holdovers, the Washington Times reports.
“The president believes that federal resources should not be used to circumvent state laws, and as he continues to appoint senior leadership to fill out the ranks of the federal government, he expects them to review their policies with that in mind,” said White House spokesman Nick Shapiro. Medical use of marijuana is legal under the law in California and a dozen other states, but the federal government under President Bush, bolstered by a 2005 Supreme Court ruling, argued that federal interests trumped state law. Dogged by marijuana advocates throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama repeatedly said he was opposed to using the federal government to raid medical marijuana shops, particularly because it was an infringement on states’ decisions.