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Marijuana Victory in the SenateMichael Collins Special to Salem-News.com
This isn't over....until Prohibition of Marijuana/Cannabis is ended, once and for all.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Last week the U.S. House sent a resounding message to the DEA and DOJ to stop interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
Today, the U.S. Senate echoed that message. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to protect state medical marijuana laws 21-9, passing an amendment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).
After decades of inactivity on marijuana reform, the Senate has moved at lightning pace this year.
In another vote today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment from Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) to protect state industrial hemp laws from DOJ interference.
And less than a month ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the bipartisan Daines-Merkley amendment allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.
We’re witnessing the death throes of the federal government’s war on medical marijuana.
Here is the vote:
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): YES
Though this is a huge victory, we can’t lose sight of our broader goal. This bill only protects state medical marijuana laws for the next year. We need to pass the CARERS Act to end federal medical marijuana prohibition for good.
Source: Drug Policy Alliance
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