Congress Quietly Ends Federal Prohibition On Medical Marijuana

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Amanda Froelich | TrueActivist.com

Great news! A provision ending the federal prohibition on medical marijuana, banning federal agents from policing its users or raiding dispensaries in any state or district where it is legal, was just passed by Congress.




The provision can be found in Congress’ new 1,603-page spending plan. 

Mainstream media may be quiet about this latest news, but you can guarantee the little passage will radically alter the way America treats – and views – the use of medical marijuana. 

The spending plan, with the medical pot provision within it, became law when President Obama signed it last Friday, reports the LA Times.

Up until now, police could still prosecute people for using or distributing medical marijuana – even in states that had legalized it, because federal law designated cannabis in any form as an illegal drug. As you know, federal law takes precedent over state law.

A massive shift has now taken place. Reportedly, even Republicans were more inclined to support a less strict federal drug policy.

“The war on medical marijuana is over. Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana.”

At present, thirty-two of the 50 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized some form of marijuana use, or its ingredients, for medication.




For this reason, the new law “is a victory for so many,” says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Californian Republican and co-author of the provision.

“This is […] the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.”

The benefits of cannabis are numerous, which is why the herb needs to be legally available in every state. Studies have shown that cannabis oil helps treat everything from glaucoma and multiple sclerosis to nerve and seizure disorders, and chronic pain. In addition, hemp is not only a nutritious food (hemp seed), the crop can be used to make clothes, building materials, and fuel – among other uses.

Republished with permission via TrueActivist.com



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  • truthseeker53

    Genesis 1:29 ¶And God said, Behold, I have given you EVERY!! herb bearing
    seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the
    which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

    God gives, lucifer takes away.

  • Tim LaBard

    According to the 10th Amendment, federal law does NOT supersede State Law except in National Defense and Inter-state commerce. They have no business in this.

    • Grey Hammond

      You misunderstand what’s happening. Federal Agents cannot come to states in which it is legal, and enforce federal law. So, in short, only the states can currently enforce marijuana laws.

    • http://deadmoonrecords.bandcamp.com/ heathenlibertarian

      Your missing the point here.. Federal agents can no longer interfere with state law regarding cannabis. They basically agree with you and removed them self from be able to enforce federal law over state law.

  • Mike Hemp

    So those employed in safety sensitive positions that are drug tested due to federal laws for employment, after employment randomly, or due to suspected use during employment, should no longer be tested for medical cannabis use by patients during off work hours that do not affect the safety on the job. Medical cannabis should be treated the same as any other medication that is prescribed for medical treatment of a condition. The key issue being that off work use does not jepordize safety when the person goes to work. Low levels of residual cannabis would be much safer than many of the pharmeceuticals currently alowed to be used by those employed in federally designated safety sensative positions.

  • Lickylick

    This article is misleading. The federal gov’t has always abused its authority by first asking and then demanding compliance of State and local agencies and officers. They then conduct joint raids of whatever their targets are. State and local authorities have the ability to deny that compliance but almost never do because of the abuse of authority by federal agents using the “cooperate with us or else lose funding for whatever” method of governance. So in States where pot has been made legal still have legal businesses being raided and worse, businesses in need of banking services like credit card transactions and depositing into an account to safely store revenues they generate from their legitimate operations not allowed. Credit card companies are afraid (for good reason) they will be charged with money laundering and aiding and abetting federal crime and business owners are afraid of their accounts being stolen by the feds using asset forfeiture. Washington DC voters passed legalization both medically and for recreation but congress overturned that because after all, congress rules that 10 mile square and the federal territories with absolute authority. Ie. they have no jurisdiction over the States or the people residing within them but they still claim they do and have gotten away with that abuse because they control education in the public schools and they rule as mentioned above using the “do as we demand or lose funding” method of governance which is also used at the State and local levels to exert control and govern more akin to dictatorial fascism than a constitutional republic.