In a HUGE VICTORY this weekend, U.S. Senators voted to stop funding the war on cannabis—by cutting FEDERAL funding to the Department of Justice for enforcement. Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted the same way.
That’s two strikes on the war on cannabis. What is the phrase “Three Strikes, you’re out”? The third strike needed is President Obama’s signature.
So, if he signs the $1.01 trillion spending bill (and it’s expected that he will), what does this mean?
The Federal Department of Justice can no longer use federal funds to interfere with medical marijuana operations in States which have legalized marijuana for medical use.
This provides protection for the state-sanctioned use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.
That means no more FEDERAL DRUG RAIDS on state-legal medical marijuana dispensary operations.
A Huffington Post article notes that “The bill protects medical marijuana programs in the 23 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, as well as 11 additional states that have legalized CBD oils, a non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that has shown to be beneficial in some cases of severe epilepsy. “
It adds: Americans for Safe Access (ASA) called the measure “historic” and said patients’ rights advocates believe it “will dramatically impact DOJ enforcement, including ending federal medical marijuana raids, arrests, criminal prosecutions, and civil asset forfeiture lawsuits.” And, according to a report released last year by ASA, the Obama administration has spent nearly $80 million each year cracking down on medical marijuana, which amounts to more than $200,000 per day.
What this really means is THAT the will of the people is being heard and acted upon.
Congress is listening to the vast majority of Americans (78 percent) who support states’ right to allow access to medical cannabis.
This attachment to the spending bill was applauded by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and many other common sense drug policy reform groups.