Congress Prepares to Block the Feds from Interfering with Medical Marijuana
An amendment that would block the federal government from cracking down on legal medial marijuana dispensaries, which was passed by the House earlier this year, is now awaiting approval from the Senate. At the bottom of page 213 of the latest appropriations bill for the federal stance on medical marijuana, a provision mentions that "[n]one 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," listing off 32 states and the District of Columbia, where the new bill would be applied. Many advocates such as Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance, are convinced that this final bill will finally prevent the Drug Enforcement Agency from continuing unwarranted raids on legal medical marijuana dispensaries and their patients. "This is the leadership of both parties recognizing that there is a constituency that supports states setting their own marijuana polices. It's an absolute game changer," said Michael Collins, to Vice News.