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Health & Nurturing
2016 February/March
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
The near 2,000-page federal spending bill that was passed in December
included the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, a provision that lifts the
medical marijuana ban at the federal level.
In the past, federal agents were still legally able to go to states where
medical marijuana is legal and raid them.
The new provision in the federal spending bill spells out very clearly that
this type of raid should never happen again. It reads as:
Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department
of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,
Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hamp-
shire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such
States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use,
distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539.
None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contraven-
tion of section 7606 (¡°Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research¡±) of the
Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice
or the Drug Enforcement Administration.
¡°This is a victory for so many. The first time in decades that the federal
government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana,¡± Rohra-
bacher said.
Farr said ¡°The federal government will finally respect the decisions made
by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws. This is a
great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent
more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not sick patients.¡±
This is a momentous occasion for anyone who supports the public¡¯s legal
right to safely medicate.
A Momentous Occasion