Federal Spending Measure Provision Ends Prohibition on Medical Marijuana

The federal spending measure passed over the weekend includes a provision that will end the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana in states where it is legal, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The provision, included in the 1,603-page spending bill, prohibits federal drug agents from raiding retail marijuana operations, the article notes. President Obama has said he plans to sign the spending bill this week.

Marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law. The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as a Schedule I drug, which is defined as a drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana or its ingredients for medical purposes, according to the newspaper. The provision had six Republican and six Democratic co-signers, according to a press release from the office of California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, one of the co-signers.

“This is a victory for so many, including scores of our wounded veterans, who have found marijuana to be an important medicine for some of the ailments they suffer, such as PTSD, epilepsy, and MS,” Rohrabacher said.

Last year the U.S. Justice Department announced it would allow Colorado and Washington to carry out their recreational marijuana laws. The department said it would focus enforcement on criminal charges in specific areas, such as distribution to minors.


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    Theresa Jones

    January 12, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    If Drugfree.org decide to have petitions agaist this Colorado woman and others who are legalising recreational drugs, I would like for this organisation to send me a petition form via email and I will be more than happy to send it back. Once they start legalising marijuana, other drugs are sure to follow.

    She said that she only take cash on television. I hope somone go in and take every penny that she have in that vault. What a shame.

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    Ken Wolski, RN, MPA

    December 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    This is the perfect opportunity for the states to expand their Medical Marijuana Programs and grow their own crops of marijuana, in addition to what is currently allowed.

    If the states provided medical marijuana–in lozenge, oil or tablet form–to their prison inmates and mental hospital patients, the states could save millions of dollars each year in pharmaceutical costs and doctor visits. Marijuana has enormous therapeutic potential and can treat several conditions at the same time. These states would provide better healthcare for their wards with fewer unwanted side effects.

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    Dave Finch

    December 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    If nothing else, this shows that Congress is ready to move toward allowing the states to experiment with their own drug policies, as the Global Commission on Drugs has recommended for the past several years.

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    Pete Formaz, NCAC-II, LAC

    December 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    This was inevitable. But, where does this place us in the addiction recovery field? Many states (including mine) have made ‘medical’ marijuana legal, but have no laws to control sales, use, DUI testing, etc. What now?

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