The medical marijuana drug war has come to a quiet end. Deep inside Congress’ 1,063 page spending bill is a provision that prohibits spending federal funds for raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states where it is legal. This is a major step forward for the legalization movement and it was done quietly and without much fanfare.
Now the battle can shift to legalizing marijuana and away from conflicts between state and federal law.
The LA Times broke this story saying:
“Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.” http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-medical-pot-20141216-story.html
This bill will be signed by President Obama who has been saying all along that there are bigger fish to fry. A joint coalition of democrats and republicans put this bill sponsored by California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and a Democratic Rep. Sam Farr over the top.
While most Republicans do not favor outright legalization of marijuana the majority do favor medical marijuana use. So it appears that congress is finally catching up to the will of the states and the American public.