Federal agents are now prohibited from raiding medical dispensaries and other medical grow operations in states where medical marijuana is legal thanks to the $1.1 trillion spending bill Congress passed earlier this month. Section 538 of the spending bill specifically provides that no funding is to be allocated to prevent states from implementing their own state laws regarding medical marijuana.
Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa said to the LA Times that Congress’ move represents “the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.”
Of course, despite this rather significant victory for the growing movement to legalize marijuana, Congress – in the same spending bill – also chose to block the implementation of Washington D.C.’s new law that would have legalized recreational marijuana within the District of Columbia.
Moreover, while federal agents may not be able to raid any medical dispensaries anytime soon, the federal government still considers marijuana to be a schedule 1 drug, meaning that it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”