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Medical Cannabis Milestone: House Votes to Stop Federal Raids on Legal Medical Marijuana States

Members of the House has voted to stop federal law enforcers from interfering with medical marijuana operations in states that have made them legal. The 219-189 expresses a significant change in Congress on the issue of marijuana.

The measure, which restricts funds and resources from being spent on stopping states from implementing the legalized distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana, will now head to the Senate, which will have to pass it in order to put a final stop to DEA raids being conducted on facilities that are legal within their state. The Federal government has conducted countless raids because the operations are not legal at a federal level, being that Cannabis remains a Schedule I substance under federal law still as of 2014.

It applies to the District of Columbia and the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, 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.

The measure was largely supported by House Democrats, though nearly 50 Republicans joined in, pushing it past the majority it needed to pass. 

Looking ahead, it’s not yet a done deal. The measure would also need President Obama’s signature. 

Still, between last night’s vote, Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent moves, substantial polling data, and 2014 election results in both Colorado and the state of Washington, it’s hard not to notice that the nation’s attitudes about the so-called “war on drugs” have shifted quickly in a more optimistic direction.

The House also voted to stop federal interference with states that want to grow industrial hemp.

SOURCE: House of Representatives