House Votes to Defund Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on July 29, 2014 · 0 comments

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orange county marijuana defenseIn California, medical marijuana is protected from prosecution under state law. However, DEA and federal agents are still allowed to prosecute MMJ users, even though President Obama has said they will not be targeted. Now, the U.S. House of Representatives has backed up that promise with a vote to defund medical marijuana prosecutions.

A bipartisan coalition of House members voted the measure through, which does not change federal law, but does make it harder to enforce. Representatives in favor of the bill said it was a no-brainer for anyone in favor of states’ rights and reinforces the belief that the government should not interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.


Opponents of the measure said the vote was simply one step closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. However, the fact that 22 states, including California, have decriminalized medical marijuana, and four more states have pending legislation regarding the matter, made it a flashpoint over states’ rights versus the right of the federal government to make law.


The vote also reflects the changing attitude toward the war on drugs, where 67 percent of the population now believes that punishment is less effective than medical treatment and rehabilitation.


In California, it’s currently legal to possess or grow marijuana for personal, medical use. Prop 215 provides for up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana, 6 adult plants, or 12 immature plants per patient. You do need written or oral permission from a doctor, osteopath or surgeon recommending medical marijuana as a treatment for your condition.
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