Federal Court warns DEA about interfering with Medical Cannabis Providers
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/09/2015 in Marijuana Politics
For over almost a year now the DEA and the DOJ were banned from using federal funds to go after legitimate marijuana businesses in states that have a legal framework in place. While the bill that banned the DEA from doing this action was pretty clear in terms of their limitations, the DEA felt that it had some “wiggle room” to break thus said law and still went after cannabis dispensaries and providers claiming that the bill merely “protected States and not the individuals or businesses within the State”.
Fortunately, a Federal Judge made it clear to the DOJ that interfering with State run Medical Marijuana programs, whether the actual state or the legal players within the program, is illegal!
Victory for Cannabis!
Some people claim that this was the bullet that won the war on cannabis. While this is a strategic victory, one cannot say that this is the final battle in this decade long war. Essentially this court victory provides all the ammo for cannabis activists and organizations working within the legal framework of the cannabis industry to defend themselves on a Federal level.
The DEA nor the DOJ is above the rule of law, and with a stroke of a pen…the rule of law strictly forbids the DEA or the DOJ from using any Federal money to prosecute these legal businesses. So the next time a DEA raid is in process within a state that has a legal marijuana program…they are breaking the law!
A sigh of relief
What this means for the cannabis industry, is that businesses will now be able to move forward without the fear of armed interference in their ventures. It means that you now have some sort of “federal protection” against the Federal government when it comes to cannabis business owners/collectives.
For one thing, we know that the DEA nor the DOJ would spend money from their own pockets to pursuit the legal cannabis industry, meaning that we can expect a sharp decline in raids and prosecutions. Under the bill, they can still go after “illegal operations” however their revenue stream from the legal market has been officially cut off.