This is probably old news to you by now but I'm just catching up. Rhode Island became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, since the Raich decision, and the 11th state total to do so after over-riding their idiot governor's veto of the bill they had earlier passed.
Tom Riley, a spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, called the vote "largely symbolic" because of the existing federal law. He said he thought the vote showed "misguided and out-of-touch" views on the harms of marijuana.Right, it's more like it shows up the misguided and out-of-touch" views of the ONDCP.
In other news, Cliff Thornton, founder of the harm reduction NGO Efficacy, has declared his candidacy for Governor of Connecticut. He will be running as a Green Party candidate. Praising the Rhode Island bill, Thornton said he will make reforming the drug war a major issue in the upcoming state campaign, adding that the Federal government should not arrest any patient that uses medical marijuana for a serious illness.