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Published on December 20th, 2014 | by News Feed

Congress Approves Hidden Bill to End Federal Prohibition on Medical Weed

For 20 long years, lobbyists have fought hard to end federal prohibition on medical marijuana. Even as 32 states and the District of Columbia voted to allow pot for medical patients, the federal government refused to bend. But that is now changing after Congress passed a measure that would essentially stop all federal raids on state-approved medical pot. The bill was tucked inside a 1,603-page document that detailed federal spending.

This is a major victory for lobbyists and it took years to see it come to fruition. Since President Obama entered the White House, he put an end to federal raids on medical pot. But the changes wouldn’t last unless he managed to sign them into law and that is exactly what he accomplished with this hidden measure.

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa coauthored the new bill and she said this is a historic move to stop federal interruptions for patients that desperately need access to medical weed.  She said the approved bill represents “the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.”

In the past, Congress repeatedly denied all attempts to allow states to have the say when it comes to marijuana. But that has all come to an end. “The war on medical marijuana is over,” said Bill Piper from the Drug Policy Alliance. “Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana. This is the strongest signal we have received from Congress that the politics have really shifted… Congress has been slow to catch up with the states and the American people, but it is catching up.”

Republican lawmakers are suddenly standing in support of state’s rights, even when it comes to marijuana. As a result, thousands of patients will get access to the care they need. While it was a sneaky move to slip in the marijuana measure in the federal spending package, it worked and that’s all that really matters.

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