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article imageDEA raids on medical marijuana dispensaries may become illegal

By William Suphan     May 30, 2014 in Health
The House of Representatives voted 219-189 in favor of preventing the DEA from using federal funds to raid medical marijuana facilities.
There has been great contention for decades regarding the legal status of marijuana. Despite being shown to be non-toxic and non-addictive, as well as several studies showing medical efficacy for some conditions, the DEA has consistently refused to reconsider it being labeled a Schedule 1 narcotic, which is for drugs which have no medicinal value. This status has been the reason used for federal authorities to ignore state laws where marijuana is legalized for medicinal use and commence raids on nurseries and dispensaries. In many cases, this causes great suffering for patients who have found relief with medical marijuana that they have either been unable to find or unable to afford otherwise.
The War on Drugs has been recognized by several experts and lawmakers as being ineffective at controlling abuse and creates serious problems such as prison overcrowding of non-violent offenders, corruption on all levels of government, and a massive waste of taxpayer funds.
Yesterday evening, The House approved an amendment to H.R. 4660 which would disallow the DEA from using federal funds for such raids. Part of this amendment states that “None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to [states with medical marijuana laws in place] , to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
Furthermore, two other amendments were approved which would protect research into industrial uses for hemp from DEA interference, according to RT.
The next step is for the Senate to approve these amendments so that they can then go to the President for a final decision.
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