Congresswoman Barbara Lee Sponsors Legislation to End Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

California Rep. Barbara Lee won’t be spooked by the Justice Department’s aggressive curtailing of medical marijuana dispensaries in her own backyard.

Lee, a top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act in Congress this week, which she says would curb the Obama Administration’s efforts to intimidate state medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop.

“The people of California have made it legal for patients to have safe access to medicinal marijuana and as a result thousands of small business owners have invested millions of dollars in building their companies, creating jobs, and paying their taxes,” Lee says. “We should be protecting and implementing the will of voters, not undermining our democracy by prosecuting small business owners who pay taxes and comply with the laws of their states in providing medicine to patients in need.”

The bill will make it illegal for the federal government to seize the assets of medical marijuana business owners, a tactic DOJ has begun using to crack down on pot shops. While DOJ rarely takes legal action against businesses that comply with their local and state laws, Americans for Safe Access, a group that is committed to legalizing medical marijuana says the threat alone has been enough to scare roughly 400 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of California to close their doors.

– Read the entire article at US News.



  1. Atlanta Georgia Toker on

    We could certainly use a lot more CongressMEN like Congresswoman Lee. You’d think there would be a few men in the Congress that might decide to strap a set on and act like they were born with a pair but its not likely. The MEN in the United States Congress are mostly a bunch of “Millys”, and have to wait and be told what to do and say by their handlers or owners. They dont half the grit and intestinal fortitude that Congresswoman Lee has.

    Id like to thank you Congresswoman Lee from the bottom of my heart, this is what the representatives in California should be doing all across that state. Apparently the other California Congressional representatives have become far too important and feel they no longer need the support of the people in their California districts. They have decided on their own that they no longer have to be responsible to their home constituents.

    That will prove to be their undoing and their end.

    Thank You again Congresswoman Lee, I am very proud to have you in the Congress of the United States you are a shining example of what a Congresswoman should be. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…

  2. gutrod on

    Barbara Lee needs to be applauded for standing up to the great serpent: The American government. America is still a great country but it’s government is still operating in the previous century when it comes to drug laws. Canada also is following Obama & his cronies down the same path of destruction, against the will of the majority of peoples wishes. Very undemocratic.