Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Amendment as Part of Federal Spending Bill

Dec 15, 2014 , , , , , , , , , ,



The bill includes an amendment that prohibits the Department of Justice — which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration — from using funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. A similar amendment has been offered seven times in Congress,Congress logo failing in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012. The House finally approved it in May when it was offered by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) as an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. 
The federal spending bill also prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from interfering with state-level hemp laws.
Unfortunately, the bill also contains a provision that is meant to interfere with the implementation of Washington, D.C.’s recently approved marijuana initiative, and effectively blocks the District from regulating marijuana.

18 responses to “Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Amendment as Part of Federal Spending Bill”

  1. Thank the Lord above. This is a natural medicine that could help so many people. As opposed to the many synthetic drugs that have so many adverse side effects. It’s about time we allow people who have been afflicted by various ailments the advantage that cannibas can provide.

  2. Unfortunately, the bill also contains a provision that is meant to interfere with the implementation of Washington, D.C.’s recently approved marijuana initiative, and effectively blocks the District from regulating marijuana. – Morgan Fox

    Victory?…Really?…?

    I think not so much?

  3. How will this affect veterans suffering PTSD and other complications? Will the VA help these veterans in need of a safer alternative to the current drugs being used?

  4. This is a massive victory for medicinal marijuana recipients and recreational users alike. If you haven’t read, or don’t understand, the bill then you shouldn’t be so hasty as to say it is not a victory. Congress has removed the major opposing factor that has kept states from moving forward with their own medicinal laws. For the 18 states (D.C. is a territory, independent of any state) that currently don’t have any marijuana laws, save for the prohibition of, the only thing standing in the way is….. paperwork. It is time to stand up and demand action from your states’ legislative branch.

  5. Why aren’t you addressing the elephant in the room? This only says that DOJ money may not be used in raids while DEA funding from ONDCP is unaffected. The raids will continue until cannabis is removed from the CSA period.

  6. We live in a world where chemicals exist in everything we touch, eat and wear. The air we breath is polluted and the water we drink contaminated. A natural, pure and organic plant that can alleviate all the pain that all these pollutants have brought to our bodies. Cannabis brings you back to life.

  7. This is a massive victory for medicinal marijuana recipients and recreational users alike. If you haven’t read, or don’t understand, the bill then you shouldn’t be so hasty as to say it is not a victory.

    Perhaps it is you who needs to re-read the bill?

    Massive victory?…say again where you studied law?

    Ask for a refund?

  8. Stop voting for Republicans & Democrats whose parties are funded with billions of dollars from Tobacco, Alcohol & Pharmaceutical companies! If we all voted for Independents in the up coming elections we would be able to enjoy our Constitutional Rights in which we are entitled to…but losing on a weekly basis. Stay vigilant and continue to keep the conversation going with family friends and coworkers. Vote Independent! Sovereign State!

  9. Although not a user nor have I ever at the age of 70. I do think should be legalized. I have been around those using it in the past.
    Have a lady and a brother that are heavy into pain drugs because they have to. Lady had a quack dr lost his license in one state and set up in another where her insurance said she had to use him and 14 neck surgeries later ended up in this state because of his inability to do his job. Brother lost leg due to a drunk driver and now government trying to take away their pain meds they need to survive. Marijuana could be their replacement without all the side effects of the pain meds as it is natural. Also would love to drug and alcohol test all of our politicians and see what shows up. Legalize it for those that need it.

  10. Cannabis has never killed anyone only helps people…..Just think of how much money the states could make off of legalizing cannabis. Its a plant that the good Lord put here on this earth for human use. It should be legalized if left in its natural state with no additives. Thanks so much for this site!!!

  11. The trick is to remove marijuana from schedule table absolute freedom to treat your aches and pains and the multitude of diseases a person might have including cancer Watch run from the cure 1 and 2,plus What if cannabis cured cancer? If there is a good lawyer that wants to be the hero of the world, write an Amicus currae sp friend of the court that marijuana is illegally scheduled. Ask they overturn the “Reauthorization act of 1998! And then let our friends in congress grill the likes of Michelle Leonhart about is there medical benefits in marijuana and is it truly high risk of addiction! Also ask about the Feds patent on mmj. In 1 month pot would be removed from schedule 1 and money and lives will be saved!

  12. I guess a move forward is a good move but until the pols in DC quit acting like thugs and accepting $$$ from the cartels, the international dope inc., and big tobacco and alcohol as well as the ugly rich who think their unholy bible that tells them it is evil (never could find those passages) it is only a step in this marathon. DC is still screwed and other sources of money will keep the leviathan of uncontrollable agencies with letters for names rolling over us and yes, I may be one of the grey haired seniors cuffed to a wheel chair. I expect it anyway. Only total legalization will stop them, then we can have a sigh of relief before we light up. Medpot would be a great help to me (hep c, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, +more) and my wife (type four MS/no treatment, no cure) but I can’t afford to move to Colorado and like many states the sick have a vote but little voice. My thanx to all who have taken this fight to the hill, like the soldiers who defend us in the field the fighters who keep taking this battle to Washington DC and all the statehouses are my heroes! Just know it won’t be over until all 50 states are collecting taxes and Ferdnan Diesel’s engines are running on hemp oil as he originally planned.
    Peace and nuts to all! ????????

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