- The White House on July 11 released its National Drug Control Strategy, which argued that marijuana is unsafe and addictive, while its use is at the highest level in the last eight years.
- The Drug Enforcement Administration in early July concluded a lengthy consideration of whether to reclassify marijuana, and decided against it. Thus, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I, the category reserved for drugs with no currently accepted medical use.
- The third strike against marijuana that the NPR report attributes to the Obama administration is familiar to Arizonans. The report summarizes the statements by federal prosecutors that large-scale marijuana dispensaries are not immune from federal prosecution.
As Arizoneout readers know, the strong statements by federal prosecutors are what prompted state officials to halt the marijuana dispensary licensing program and file suit in federal court.