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Congress Passes Landmark MMJ Protection Spending Bill

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Congress Passes Landmark MMJ Protection Spending Bill

Congress recently passed a landmark federal spending bill including a provision that will effectively end the federal government’s prohibition of medical marijuana in U.S. states with legal cannabis programs. The prospective law, expected to be signed by President Obama in the coming week, will have an effect on 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, where cannabis is currently legal for medical consumption.

A majority of U.S. states now support some form of significant pro-cannabis reform. Oregon and Alaska approved legalization of recreational marijuana and more states have plans to follow suit with various kinds of marijuana reform in 2015 and 2016 elections.

Despite the federal government’s classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug along with heroin, LSD, ecstasy and cocaine, the pending law would nevertheless prohibit DEA agents from raiding marijuana dispensaries that are in compliance with state regulations. The amendment to the omnibus spending bill blocks using funds from the Department of Justice to, “prevent [medical marijuana states] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“The federal government should never get in between patients and their medicine,” Democratic Representative Barbara Lee of California said in a Los Angeles Times article.

The longstanding practice of federal raids on legitimate, compliant marijuana dispensaries looks to be on the wane and along with prison terms for countless individuals who were deemed innocent in the eyes of the state but technically guilty in the eyes of the feds.

From Guam to Massachusetts — and a host of states in between that have voted for cannabis legalization and decriminalization — state constituents will soon be assured that the initiatives they approve regarding cannabis legalization will be completely upheld in the federal courts.

“When the House first passed this measure back in May, we made headlines; today we made history,” said Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) — a congressman who in May introduced the medical marijuana protections amendment.

“The federal government will finally respect the decisions made by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws,” Farr added. “This is great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not sick patients.”

What do you think? Should marijuana businesses be protected in legal states? Tell us in the comments below.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. john strobings

    December 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Continued;

    A regulatory committee…Whereby the harvested cannibis is inspected no more than 36 hours post harvesto (gotta sleep sometime you know), stamped and on to the next issue…wit more $$ to work with for a bit. This would be crucial to a revived Social Security and medicaid and medicare system.

    We should not lose the focus on cash crops needed for staple foods/grains. But get this,

    WE DIDNT EVEN HARVEST THE CORN YET !!

    Im out,

    Strobe

  2. john strobings

    December 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    *Whistle*

    Ok,all together now. Ill elaborate a bit. That said Marijuana, can be grown on the Remaining 6-10 inches between the rows of Corn…completely unharmful to the Corn or Bean crops even. That land and Fertilizer…gets wasted…every year. Harvest the weed, remove remaining mj plant material, wait till Corn dries, harvest Corn/Beans as usual…or Timothy. They do perfectly well together. Symbiosis as its known. That un-used acerage would cost very little to implement, considering it grows (Premium Strains) off ordinarily un-used material and acerage. The dope can then be sold…it will pay all or most of the acerage fees, AND get this…It pays the bills whilst that acreage is retired for a season or Two. It would reduce the cost of Ganja signficantly…guessing no less than 50%…of its illegal black-market pricing. Reduced Prison populations…cleaner, safer mj that is cheap and readily available. A small flat tax. Andbwhat I refer to as FacTSealeD inspection points, where the danq is inspected and assessed a fee, either paid in cash or a trade/donation to medical Hash Oil…rumored to destroy cancer cells…God Damn Hippies.

  3. jimmie hunter

    December 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I have chronic back pain would be glad to have a dispenser should be proteced by state & federal laws

  4. Sherry Stewart

    December 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I suffer from severe glaucoma and have multiple chronic pain issue. Pain managements answer is nerve blocks and Morphine or some other form of narcotics. The way I see it is that it’s the pharmaceutical companies that are fighting the hardest against legalization of marijuana. I have almost accidentally overdosed twice on narcotics, but it is impossible to overdose on marijuana. Plus we know that alcohol does harm to the body, (Liver)as do opiates and other narcotics. But yet people continue to get drunk and drive and kill innocent people every day. Where is the common sense in all of this? I for one will go on record as saying, “legal or not, I will continue to smoke weed for the medicemal benefit I receive from it.” Now you tell me where it would benefit me more to have to take high doses of Morphine daily to relieve the pain as compared to smoking a joint a day and getting the same relief without damaging my liver and causing possible accidental drug overdose.I feel like I should have a legal right to choose which way I chose to treat my health, after all it’s my body!!!

  5. Donna Dillon

    December 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This is great one step closer in Florida . Looking forward to the day my son can get help for his drop seizures. Life has been terribly hard .

  6. Lisa

    December 17, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Yea thank you finally getting something in that will help I am one that does smoke regularly but I also am very sick I dont eat much at all can go for days without eating and if I dont smoke I hurt and burn all time in my stomach doctors cant seem to find what keep me sick after 2 surgerys they still dont know and leaving stitches inside after hysterectomy 6 years ago and will not remove them anyways what im trying to say is it help a lot medically

  7. jim

    December 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I’m a vet and I got bad back and flash back from war and smoking weed helps me .

  8. kyle

    December 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Yes I do with nerofidermutucs with tumors poping up left an right I can say I change when I do smoke an when I quite for the the years an them two years I quite I took out 4 tumors an then when I started bak up I took out 1 in 3 years so I definitely would vote yes

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