Lawmakers Quietly End Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

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When Congress passed the federal spending measure over the weekend, they quietly signaled a shift in their drug policy.

Tucked inside the 1,603-page bill is language about how the federal government goes after medical marijuana. According to the Los Angeles Times, under the provision, in states where medical marijuana is legal, they would no longer have to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. In fact, in the measure, agents would be prohibited from doing so.

Although federal agents have backed off in states like California and dozens of others that approve medical marijuana use, the inclusion in the spending bill, which should be signed this week by President Barack Obama, helps solidify it.

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