For those who remember our interview
last year with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, today's news should come as no surprise.
The Justice Department issued a memo
to federal prosecutors telling them them not to target medical-marijuana patients and their sanctioned suppliers.
While most of Oregon's Democratic leaders remain mealy-mouthed
about the marijuana issue, it appears the Obama administration is ready to relax a bit after the Bush years. Meanwhile, Oregon's more forward-looking advocates of marijuana use are gathering signatures
for a 2010 ballot measure to finally legalize it.