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New Bill Introduced To Keep Feds Away From Businesses And People In Legal Marijuana States

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Pro-marijuana politician Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is in the news again this week after he and a bipartisan group of lawmakers came together to support a bill that would keep the federal government from prosecuting people and businesses for drug crimes in states where marijuana is legal.

The Huffington Post’s Matt Ferner reports that Rohrabacher introduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 (H.R. 1940), which would require the federal government to respect states that have stopped banning cannabis. Rohrabacher actually  introduced the same bill in 2013.

In a statement, Rohrabacher said that “The American people, through the 35 states that have liberalized laws banning either medical marijuana, marijuana in general, or cannabinoid oils, have made it clear that federal enforcers should stay out of their personal lives. It’s time for restraint of the federal government’s over-aggressive weed warriors.”

Rohrabacher feels the bill is necessary because even after President Obama signed a federal spending bill this past December that prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds to interfere in state medical marijuana programs, the DOJ has said that it doesn’t believe the measure keeps them from prosecuting individuals or businesses in violation of federal law. Rohrabacher’s new bill would go further than others by amending the Controlled Substances Act so it would make an exception to federal law for states that have developed their own marijuana policies.

Under the Obama administration, the DEA has raided hundreds of marijuana dispensaries and sent people to prison, even though they obeyed state laws. According to Americans for Safe Access, the Obama administration has spent almost $80 million each year targeting medical marijuana.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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