Congress Votes to Restrict DEA & DOJ From Interfering With State Medical Marijuana Programs

on March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.

We are witnessing history in the making. A huge win took place in congress this past Thursday night a measure was approved which will prevent the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from interfering with state medical marijuana or industrial hemp laws. This is the first time in history that congress has voted in favor of ending the federal government’s war on medical marijuana patients and providers. The vote on Amendment 25 to H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), stops the Department of Justice, including the DEA, from spending funds to prevent states from implementing their own medical marijuana laws. The amendment has been offered seven times since 2003.

“Congress is officially pulling out of the war on medical marijuana patients and providers,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP),

“Federal tax dollars will no longer be wasted arresting seriously ill medical marijuana patients and those who provide to them.”

“It’s becoming clearer and clearer that marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered,” Riffle said. “Polls are consistently finding that a strong majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal, and an overwhelming majority support legal access to medical marijuana. It’s nice to see more members of Congress standing up for their constituents instead of standing in the way of reform.”

The tides are shifting quickly as the public becomes educated and stands up for what it believes is right. The people always have the power and here it shows as they are not letting the Federal government stand in the way any longer. It’s no secret that marijuana should not be a schedule 1 narcotic or that it’s illegal for all the wrong reasons. As they say, “the jig is up”.

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