It seems the federal government quietly put an end to the two-decades long struggle between states and Washington over the use of medical marijuana with the passing of a spending measure by Congress.
Within the 1,600-page measure, there is a provision that "effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana," according to the LA Times. This signals a huge shift in drug policy and backs the legalization advocates.
The measure gives states, where the sale and use of medical marijuana is legal, a sense of relief because the federal government is no longer legally allowed to raid retail operations—federal drug agents are now "prohibited" from committing such acts. The measure, which was part of a spending bill President Obama signed into law, will "codify it as a matter of law," according to the LA Times.
While many Democrats supported the measure, Republicans just recently joined in to push the measure into law.The measure now forbids the federal government from impeding in state medical marijuana laws.
There are currently 32 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana to treat ailments and illnesses.
"Congress has been slow to catch up with the state and American people, but it is catching up."
Congress' shifting of ground has many activists convinced that "the war on medical marijuana is over." But advocates vow they won't stop now, their next feat is the "legalization of all marijuana."
Is Congress finally on track to allow states to "chart their own path on pot?"