On the evening of Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, President Obama signed the 2015 federal spending bill into effect. This action marks a new era for medical cannabis in America. The bill itself is over 1,000 pages of spending allocations, but hidden inside is one of the most important pro-cannabis policies ever agreed to by the federal government:
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 Hampshire, 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.” (Proposed Federal Spending Bill)
No More Money to Attack Legal Cannabis
Essentially, the federal government has lowered their priority in the war against cannabis. The legislative and executive branches of the federal government has reasonably decided that it is a waste of taxpayer dollars to combat cannabis in states where it is legally approved.
Fighting Cannabis Not Worth Government Funds
Not only will this save the government millions of dollars, cannabis patients, producers and dispensaries can now breath a little easier knowing that they are no longer at risk of being pursued and prosecuted for operating legally under state laws. The states listed in the block quote above have passed a variety of medical cannabis laws, and will now be at peace when it comes to federal oversight of a medically-beneficial plant. According to Americans for Safe Access, the Obama administration had spent over $300 million dollars on prosecuting legal cannabis operations. While the federal spending bill was designed with economics in mind, it seems that cannabis is finally be regarded by the government as not worth the price of fighting states’ rights! Check out our previous post on this momentous occasion!