If you thought nothing exciting happens over the weekend, you are wrong. This past weekend Congress passed a massive federal spending measure; we’re talking $1.1 trillion dollars. The exciting part is that the bill also included a provision that will put an end to the federal government’s ban on medical marijuana. The measure means that the federal drug agents would not be able to raid legal medical marijuana dispensaries in all of the 32 states and Washington D.C., that have legalized medical cannabis. It is expected that President Obama will sign off on the spending bill this week, which would then make it a law.
Democrat Rep. Sam Farr, of California said, “This is a victory for so many, Congress’ approval of the measure marked the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.”
Even if the law does get signed into action, marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, “with no accepted medical use”, according to the DEC. Sounds like a catch 22.
The bill wasn’t all good news for pot advocates though. There is another provision in the bill that has the potential to overturn the recreational marijuana initiative that voters approved in Washington D.C. last month.
Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who has opposed marijuana laws, introduced the amendment.
“D.C. is not a state,” Harris said in his defense last week. “I’m sorry, it’s not a state.”