House to Vote on Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director May 16, 2014

    In the coming days, members of the House of Representatives are expected to debate and vote on budget appropriation legislation for the Department of Justice. Representatives Rohrabacher and Farr will be introducing an amendment to this measure to prevent any of the department’s funding from being used to interfere with medical marijuana programs in states that have approved them.

    Twenty-one states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington — as well as the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Yet in all of these states, patients and providers still face the risk of federal sanction — even when their actions are fully compliant with state law.

    It is time that we allowed our unique federalist system to work the way it was intended. Patients, providers, and their state representatives should have the authority to enact laws permitting the medical use of cannabis — free from federal interference.

    Please write your members of Congress today and tell them to stop using taxpayer dollars to target and prosecute state-authorized medical marijuana patients and providers. For your convenience, a prewritten letter will be e-mailed to your member of Congress.


    52 responses to “House to Vote on Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids”

    1. Tanner Pooler says:

      PLEASE stop wasting our money on raids that are completely and utterly worthless other than yall gaining the business’s money and inventory for the charge of OUR taxes. This is unfair and unjust, leave marijuana users alone.It does NOTHING TO HARM ANYONE!

    2. Judy Wilson says:


    3. Sebrina Cottey says:

      Leave patients alone!! Stop funding theses useless life ruining busts.

    4. Mary Ponce de Leon says:

      Hands off Medical marijuana programs!!!

    5. Stel1776 says:

      Our government pays law enforcement to take our citizen’s medicine away…unbelievable

    6. Brigitte Clary says:

      Defund medical marijuana raids.

    7. Dale Farmer says:

      Please stop using tax payers money to targeting state medical legalized marijuana patients and suppliers

    8. Holly says:

      Please give people the chance to make their own choices and decisions on what they do or dont want to use as TREATMENT !

    9. mary Jackson says:

      stop using taxpayer dollars to target and prosecute state-authorized medical marijuana patients and providers. – See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2014/05/16/house-to-vote-on-budget-amendment-to-defund-medical-marijuana-raids/#sthash.B1SFuNQE.dpuf

    10. Lisa Porter says:

      Enough already, it’s time For The Department of Justice to declassify marijuana period. Enough proof has been given by researchers and doctors alike to take it off the dangerous drug list. All these departments keep acting as if they are separate governments when they all represent one. Too many have died needlessly while politicians sit on their collective hands.