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Oct 19, 2009 9:02 AM by Associated Press

New medical marijuana policy issued

The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they closely conform to state laws.

The Justice Department is set to issue new policy guidelines on medical marijuana Monday. Two department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying federal prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in 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.

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