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Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
The Justice Department no longer has the funds to raid medical marijuana establishments.
Last weekend, the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr medical marijuana amendment was included in the omnibus spending bill. The purpose of the amendment was to stop the Justice Department from overriding state medical marijuana laws. It states:
"None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used...to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."
It also... drumroll please...protected industrial hemp cultivation through the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Medical marijuana laws now exist in 20 states and the fight continues in the states that have not yet passed sane legislation. Relieving the pressure from the federal government should help.
Learn more: www.naturalnews.com...
originally posted by: havok
This is quite shocking news....and I hope it's true.
I don't really trust naturalnews...
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
a reply to: shaneslaughta
Oh god now we have the states to mess things up. All one has to do is look at NY state and their history of inaction on this issue and they'll realize we still have an uphill battle.