Federal court forbids DEA from harassing medical marijuana providers

The DEA has been raiding medical marijuana providers in defiance of a recent bill that bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to "prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."

The DEA thought it could get away with breaking the law by claiming the bill applied only to actual states, not human beings or business. But a federal court in California said the DEA's interpretation of the bill "defies language and logic," "tortures the plain meaning of the statute" and is "at odds with fundamental notions of the rule of law."

From the Washington Post:

Seeing it as perhaps the final nail in the coffin of the DEA's years-long involvement with California's medical marijuana program, medical marijuana advocates are cheering the ruling. "It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws," said Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority.

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