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Health & Nurturing
2013 September
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
A copy of the memorandum, sent to all United
States Attorneys by Deputy Attorney General
James M. Cole, is available at: www.justice.gov/
iso/opa/resources/3052013829132756857467.pdf
Fed Defers Right To Challenge
Outside of these enforcement
priorities, however, the federal
government has traditionally
relied on state and local au-
thorizes to address marijuana
activity through enforcement of
their own narcotics laws. This
guidance continues that policy.
For states such as Colorado
and Washington that have
enacted laws to authorize the
production, distribution and
possession of marijuana, the
Department expects these states
to establish strict regulatory
schemes that protect the eight
federal interests identified in
the Department¡¯s guidance. These schemes
must be tough in practice, not just on paper, and
include strong, state-based enforcement efforts,
backed by adequate funding.
Based on assurances that those states will impose
an appropriately strict regulatory system, the
Department has informed the governors of both
states that it is deferring its right to challenge
their legalization laws at this time. But if any of
the stated harms do materialize, either despite a
strict regulatory scheme or because of the lack of
one, federal prosecutors will act aggressively to
bring individual prosecutions focused on federal
enforcement priorities and the Department may
challenge the regulatory scheme themselves in
these states.
Justice Department Announces Update to
Marijuana Enforcement Policy
On thursday, August 29, 2013, the U.S. Depart-
ment of Justice announced an update to its
federal marijuana enforcement policy, in light of
recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under
state law, the possession of small amounts of
marijuana and provide for the regulation of mari-
juana production, processing, and sale.
In a new memorandum outlining the policy, the
Department makes clear that marijuana remains
an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances
Act and that federal prosecutors will continue to
aggressively enforce this statute. To this end, the
Department identifies eight (8) enforcement areas
that federal prosecutors should prioritize. These
are the same enforcement priorities that have
traditionally driven the Department¡¯s efforts in
this area.
-The human brain is about 85% water?
-Our bones are between 10 to 15% water?
-60% of the body¡¯s total water content is con-
tained inside it¡¯s over 70 trillion cells?
-Babies are approximately 75 to 80% water?
-There is a common generalized reduction in our
water intake as we age, reducing body water to
60 to 65% for men and 50 to 60% for women?
-Water is one of the best, yet least prescribed,
cures for many of our most common ailments?
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