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During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly promised to call off federal raids on medical marijuana providers in states that allow therapeutic use of the drug. Since his election, Obama administration officials have repeatedly promised to keep his promise. Yet as of this writing, the raids continue.

Two days after Obama's inauguration, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided a medical marijuana dispensary in South Lake Tahoe, California. A few weeks later, it raided two dispensaries in Venice, one in Marina Del Rey, and one in Playa Del Rey. Asked by The Washington Times to reconcile these actions with President Obama's avowed commitment to respecting state medical marijuana laws, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said, "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."

On February 25, one of those senior leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder, reaffirmed that "what the president said during the campaign…will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement.…What he said during the campaign is now American policy." A few weeks later, Holder was more explicit. "The policy is to go after those people who violate both federal and state law," he said at a March 18 press conference.

One week after that, the DEA raided a licensed medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. "Based on our investigation, we believe there are not only violations of federal law, but state law as well," DEA Special Agent in Charge Anthony Williams said in a prepared statement. Williams was not specific, but an unnamed city official with knowledge of the raid told the San Francisco Chronicle the pretext seemed to be "alleged financial improprieties" related to the state sales tax.

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  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…

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