Congress Quietly Ends Federal Prohibition On Medical Marijuana

Medical1By Amanda Froelich

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.

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  • Anon

    I love that this was snuck into a massive spending bill that was passed without being read.

  • gweneth

    Kudos to all imbibers – may you know peace and tranquility – that which is the opposite of all governments – and stop watching anything called “news”, which is all entertainment all the time.

    release all the non violent ‘drug offenders’.

    BTW: I had a severe pain in my lower left abdomen – ingested some edibles (chocolate cherry) and soon the pain left and has not returned.


    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ please, let me know when Congress will end Federal interference in
    our allegedly sovereign States ANYTHING, k? Especially in the educational standards, like


    Federal law does not override state laws . Federal laws ONLY pertain to the district of columbia , it say’s so in the Constitution 1871 amendment .

  • James Peters

    Do you know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work? – Medicine. The term ”medical marijuana” is the states way of saying we can’t win the war on drugs and legalizing it via the back-door

    • the man

      “Do you know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work? – Medicine.”……
      So long as it’s patentable and profitable.

      • James Peters

        The US along with many other counties will fund Phase I and II human clinical trials. Also a lot of research comes from charities, governments and academia. So the basic data can be proven by them.

  • drbhelthi

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    the participants in drug-rehab programs. I have never seen any of the “devious” or “insane” behaviors that have been ascribed to persons under the influence of cannabis, rather the opposite.
    Cannabis assists the body to heal almost all illness conditions, cancer included. The favorable effect of
    cannabis usage under the umbrella of “medical”, reflects the favorable effect of cannabis usage that naturally occurs.
    Cannabis is the singular, most healthy herb that mankind has used for thousands of years. The following link provides a history.

  • Cathy McMahan

    Federal law does NOT trump state law, and “50 states and the District of Columbia” no such thing. Act of 1871, DC is it’s own government.

  • T.A. Dieringer

    I think that is great, now I can go to Maryland, and get my script filled, and drive back to Va, and not worry about it. I like making tea out of it, cause of my asthma…

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