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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Reacts To Historic Marijuana Votes


law enforcement against prohibitionA bipartisan amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations spending bill that prohibits DEA and Department of Justice funds from being used to interfere in states that have legalized medical marijuana passed the House today by a margin of 242-186. The amendment is a renewal of the one that passed in May of last year and was reintroduced by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA). A similar amendment was also passed protecting states that have allowed industrial hemp. Yesterday, the House passed an amendment to ban the DEA’s bulk data collection program and slashed the DEA budget by $23 million. Instead, that money will now go to combat child abuse, improve the testing of rape kits, expand the use of body cameras on police officers, and reduce the deficit.

“Even Congress is now acknowledging the failures of the drug war and of the DEA and its invasive methods,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Conservatives believe states have the right to decide their own rules, libertarians understand prohibition infringes upon civil liberties, and liberals know the effect prohibition has had on racial minorities, families, and communities.”

A separate amendment introduced by Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) that would have prevented the DEA from undermining state rights in places that have legalized marijuana narrowly failed by a vote of 206-222.

“Continued protection for medical marijuana patients is something most politicians now agree upon, and we can expect that states’ recreational marijuana laws will soon have the same level of protection against federal interference,” said Lieutenant Commander Diane Goldstein (Ret.)

In August 2013, the Justice Department released a memorandum stating that the DOJ would no longer go after states that chose to legalize and regulate marijuana, as long as those states prohibited access to children, limited the involvement of organized criminal activity in the industry, and abided by other reasonable standards.

Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana and four states along with D.C. have legalized marijuana outright. According to the centrist think tank Third Way, 67% of Americans believe Congress should pass a bill to protect states from federal interference if they choose to legalize marijuana, so long as a strong regulatory system is in place.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a group of law enforcement officers opposed to the War on Drugs.

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  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Re “…most doctors throw pills at us and hope we go away.” Very revealing comment, dcroz84. I eagerly look forward to the day when journalists expose the complete sordid history of collusion between legal drug pushers (pharma sales people) and perk-loving doctors. But it wasn’t always the case. Synthetic pharmaceutical companies came to power at the exact same time (late 1930s, early ’40s) that federal, state and local authorities began to hunt down the growers of cannabis plants–which already had been cultivated for medical purposes, by the way, for nearly 90 years at that point. A lawyer for the American Medical Association was among only a few individuals who spoke before a U.S. Congress committee in opposition to the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. A full 8 decades later, the Anti-Marihuana Tyranny derives its power from the Schedule I status of “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act–a maddening legal FRAUD that has caused millions of Americans to suffer and die without legal access to the little miracles inside seedless female cannabis flowers.

  2. Poor little piggies booohoooooo now they will have to go after real criminals to get there quota.

  3. Being a veteran and a criminal justice major, I am in full support of the legalization of medical Marijuana. My mother is a cancer survivor that used it illegally during her chemo to help with nausea and sleep. I feel it helped save her life and it is irresponsible of the government to even think of keeping it away from the patients that Marijuana helps. There’s even studies showing that it helps treat veterans with PTSD which is huge considering that most doctors throw pills at us and hope we go away.

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