Bill Richardson is taking on the federal government and backing his state's medical marijuana law, in perhaps the strongest stance yet by a major presidential candidate on the issue.
In a letter to President Bush, the New Mexico governor writes:
At a time when the scourge of meth is coming across the border, and cocaine and heroin use continues to ravage our communities, the federal government should be cracking down on real criminals---not people who are trying to help those in pain.
The letter is posted on Richardson's presidential campaign website.
Richardson signed the bill into law earlier this year, saying "So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do. What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them." He is directing New Mexico officials to continue to work toward finding a way to implement the law.