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Congressional Vote Will Not End DEA Cannabis Raids

Upon confirmation that congress was still allowing raids, a DEA team storms through the doors of a cannabis grow operation.
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Congressional Vote Will Not End DEA Cannabis Raids

While last night’s 219-189 U.S. House vote in favor of amending HR 4660, a criminal justice funding bill, represents a step forward for state’s rights, it does not offer protections for patients, dispensaries or cooperatives in states with medical marijuana.

“None of the funds made available in this act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to [the 32 states with medical marijuana laws of any kind and the District of Columbia], to prevent such states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana,” reads the amendment in its entirety.

As of yet the federal government has not challenged the laws in states that have implemented medical marijuana laws or even with Colorado and Washington state, which have recreational cannabis laws in place. Instead, the DOJ has announced it will focus on eight federal enforcement priorities and the DEA has continued to raid individual dispensaries.

The recent amendment, introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-Calif.), will still need to be reconciled with the Senate version of the funding bill and receive the president’s signature before becoming law. If the amendment is signed into law, the limitations it provides in relation to DOJ funding would only be in place for the next fiscal year before another criminal justice funding bill is introduced.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. mike jr

    September 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    i really just think its all bull shit and its just a matter of time before people start getting really pissed and start taking matters into there own hands and when that happens i am just gonna sit back smoke a bowl and laugh.

  2. joe

    July 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

    the government is owned by the cartels. They will not let go of the black market ever, the money

  3. Dennis E Strausser Jr

    June 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    @Raymond

    It is just a matter of time, before more States enact some sort of lessor law on marijuana. Hopefully, the FEDS will finally get the message, that more and more Americans do not want these laws enforced.
    That in fact, a growing majority is starting to want to see a change in the marijuana laws. Whether the change is just for medical purposes, or for full legalization, the fact of the matter is, public opinion is beginning to shift towards a change.

    As usual, Politics will probably fall behind, and then finally change at a federal level, when it becomes clear, that public opinion won’t change.

    I believe we’re down to less then 10 years, before a nation wide change in the laws.

    Here’s Hoping. 😀

  4. Raymond Jackson

    May 31, 2014 at 6:41 am

    How is a plant considered a drug?
    Tobacco KILLS and is allowed.
    But pot which is good for you and the others is outlawed.
    Who’s side is the government on?
    Marijuana is never going to wiped out. Matter of fact it’s popularity will grow because it is natural and produces ease of stress.

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