Legalization of Marijuana

After years of hiding medical marijuana finally becomes legal in California. The new policy of tolerance for "medical grass," which holds the Obama administration means that its number will increase.

In February, the new US Attorney General Eric Holder said the US Department of Justice joined the campaign of President Barack Obama, which resulted in federal agents will no longer pursue the dealer that distributes medical marijuana within the law.

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1. A group of patients who use marijuana for medicinal purposes, grow marijuana at his home in Oakland, California. (Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal)






2. In February, the new US Attorney General Eric Holder said the US Department of Justice joined the campaign of President Barack Obama, which resulted in federal agents will no longer pursue the dealer that distributes medical marijuana within the law. Since then, small traders have begun to expand their businesses, and large businesses, avoid investments in marijuana, have begun to invest in this area. (Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal)




3. Now, some use traditional business practices, such as political lobbying and consolidation of supply chains. Others seek capital or offer their investment in the supply of marijuana. (Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal)




4. "Green light" for the legalization of medical marijuana has allowed people like Bill Shofner, who used to be a car dealer, enter into a new business. Yet there is a problem. Recently, Mr. Shofner (pictured above) specifically drove past the cluster of police cars to personally make sure that they are not planning a raid on his charitable pharmacy that sells marijuana, Orange County, California. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)




5. Mr. Shofner and his partner Jan Werner made sure to give her non-profit business in Lake Forest atmosphere of "the rule of law." Their pharmacy is located on the second floor of a suburban shopping center, which also has a Mexican restaurant and a coffee shop Peet. Pictured: bulletproof glass doors separate the receiver from the registry. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)




6. The center offers patients various kinds of marijuana in small containers on shelves glazed. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



7. From left to right: Mr. Shofner and Mr. Werner talk to Michael Ryan, their business consultant, in a cafe not far from the center. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



8. Mr. Werner and Clark Metcalfe, consultant, calls himself a "Cowboy marijuana," often have to talk on a cell, solving business issues for Supply Management of medical marijuana to patients. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



9. To purchase marijuana for medical purposes, the client must be a member of the community, which means that he must have medical clearance (decorated by all the rules) to smoking marijuana. In the store smoking is prohibited. In the picture: Mr. Werner in a separate reception in the center. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



10. Oakland marijuana growing in the backyard of the house Steve Cubby. Mr Cubby is the founder and executive director of the public company "Science marijuana┬╗ (Cannabis Science), which is developing a special lozenges of marijuana. (Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal)



11. In the picture: Mr. Cubby - an experienced adviser on medical marijuana. In 1999, he was suspected of growing marijuana, but was charged only in the possession of illegal mushrooms. The picture shows Mr Cubby stands next to a hotbed of marijuana in his home. (Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal)



12. In his former company "is no longer an alternative culture," says 62-year-old Mr Cubby. He says that the company's employees behave "like ordinary pharmaceutical company." (Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal)



13. Justin Hartfield cant smoke in their backyard in Orange County. Mr. Hatfield, who has all the necessary medical reports to smoking marijuana, manages the site Weedmaps.com, which helps patients find centers where you can buy drugs from marijuana. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



14. Experts in the field of medical marijuana say it can weaken the chronic pain, stimulate appetite in chemotherapy patients and to remove pressure on the eyeball in patients with glaucoma. In the picture: Mr. Metcalfe laughing after taking drugs in a friend's house in Orange Cauthen, standing next to a cooler full of marijuana. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



15. Mr. Metcalf hit by a truck, and now he was constantly feeling pain all over his body. He says that marijuana helps him to refrain from using strong painkillers. (Brian L. Frank for The Wall Street Journal)



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