US Senate To Vote Imminently On Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 19, 2014

    Senate members are expected to vote imminently in regard to language that seeks to bar the US Justice Department from interfering in activities that are compliant with state medical cannabis laws.

    Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) will introduce the bipartisan amendment, which will be similar to language approved by the US House of Representatives earlier this month. As with other legislation, the amendment must be approved by majorities in both legislative chambers before it is sent to the President for approval.

    This will be the first time in recent memory that US Senators have ever decided on provisions specific to liberalizing America’s marijuana policies.

    It is time that we allowed our unique federalist system to work the way it was intended. Patients and providers should be permitted to engage in state-sanctioned, medical cannabis-related activities free from the threat of federal interference or federal prosecution.

    Please write or call your members of Senate today and tell them to stop using taxpayer dollars to target and prosecute state-authorized medical marijuana patients and providers. For your convenience, a pre-written letter will be e-mailed to your Senators when you visit here.

    42 responses to “US Senate To Vote Imminently On Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids”

    1. Chris Sedillos says:

      It’s time to raids on those who sole crime is Marijuana cultivation.

    2. Diane says:

      Long over due. Now let’s make recreational use legal, too.

    3. Gertrude oconnell says:

      Stop messing with medical marihuana care givers and patients. It’s medicine that helps them.

    4. Mary Caudill says:

      Please consider voting to stop using my taxpayer money to harass and arrest medical marihuana patients and caregivers! Ima a tax payer and I vote!! Thank you for your attention to this matter! Mary Caudill

    5. TheOracle says:

      How soon can they vote? When is the vote?

      [Paul Armentano replies: It could be within the next 24 hours.]

    6. Walter W Greene says:

      The drug war has failed. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. It’s time to stop treating people who use cannabis as criminals.

    7. Curtis Schweitzer says:

      I’s time to end the war on drugs; it has destroyed far more lives than any drugs.

    8. Ray Tokareff says:

      It’s about freedom; I sorry if you don’t get that.

    9. Medical Marijuana is safer, much less addictive, and would benefit the taxpayers if the government would defund Medical Marijuana raids. Consider sharing this article and the message to as many people as possible! Write to your Senators and the President of the United States.

    10. ganja joe says:

      cut the crap-Time to tax pot.politicians don’t have the balls to tax the rich so lets tax all who grow & buy & sell pot.