Congressmen Demand That DOJ Stop Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Cases

A pair of lawmakers behind a historic congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown issued a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday demanding the Department of Justice stop prosecuting cases against medical marijuana patients and providers in states where the substance has been legalized.

“We respectfully insist that you bring your Department back into compliance with federal law by ceasing marijuana prosecutions and forfeiture actions against those acting in accordance with state medical marijuana laws,” Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Sam Farr (D-Calif.), the co-sponsors of the recently passed amendment, wrote.

The letter is in direct response to comments made last week to the Los Angeles Times by DOJ spokesman Patrick Rodenbush, who said the DOJ believes the amendment — tucked into the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill signed by President Barack Obama in December — only stops the department from “impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws” but doesn’t stop the DOJ from prosecuting “private individuals or private entities who are violating the Controlled Substances Act.”

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

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