The Senate Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to prohibit the DEA (and the rest of the Justice department) from using federal funds to act against state medical marijuana laws. The amendment was approved by a two-to-one margin. All Democrats and half the Republicans voted in favor of it. Fake Democrat Dianne Feinstein opposed the amendment.
While the appropriations bill must still be approved by the Senate as a whole, both houses of Congress are now on record as telling the DEA to butt out of medical marijuana states. The passage of identical amendments in both houses is a good indicator that they will be included in the spending bill when it gets to President Obama's desk.
Image: "Young female smoking marijuana with a pipe and playing game on tablet"
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