This week, Congress enacted a federal omnibus spending package that prohibits the Department of Justice, and therefore the Drug Enforcement Agency, from spending any funds interfering with state medical marijuana programs. The legislation is intended to scale back the federal government’s war on marijuana and passed with broad, bi-partisan support.
The Daily Caller reports:
“If approved, the bill would stop several federal cases right in their tracks and prevent U.S. Attorneys from launching civil asset forfeiture suits against marijuana dispensaries in California.”
“For the first time, Congress is letting states set their own medical marijuana and hemp policies, a huge step forward for sensible drug policy,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “States will continue to reform their marijuana laws and Congress will be forced to accommodate them. It’s not a question of if, but when, federal marijuana prohibition will be repealed.”
MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich remarked, “Over the past 40 days, voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. have told their governments to end marijuana prohibition and, for the first time, Congress is poised to let them do so. Ending the DEA raids on dispensaries and businesses complying with state marijuana laws would have an immediate, substantial impact on the every company and patient in the cannabis industry. We could not be more excited.”