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"Supreme Court Rules Against Medical Marijuana Urge Congress To Bar DEA From Prosecuting Patients
In response to this week's Supreme Court ruling granting the Justice Department the authority to prosecute state-authorized medicinal cannabis patients for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act, members of the US House of Representatives may vote as early as next week on an amendment to bar the US Department of Justice (DOJ) from prosecuting patients who use medical cannabis in compliance with state laws.
This important bi-partisan provision, scheduled to be introduced next week by Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-NY) as an amendment to the 2005 Justice Department appropriations bill, would prohibit the DOJ and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from spending taxpayers' dollars for the purpose of pursuing "any criminal or civil penalty or remedy against any person for the production, distribution, or use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in a state that authorizes that production, distribution, or use."
Writing for the Court's majority, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that he longs for the day when medicinal cannabis advocates "may be heard in the halls of Congress." The 2005 Hinchey/Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment does just that -- giving Congress the opportunity to go on record to protect and support the health and safety of patients who use cannabis therapeutically in compliance with the laws of their state. Please call and/or e-mail your member of the US House Representatives today and ask them to vote "yes" in favor of the Hinchey/Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment."
Quote: ToiletDuk said: would prohibit the DOJ and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from spending taxpayers' dollars for the purpose of pursuing "any criminal or civil penalty or remedy against any person for the production, distribution, or use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in a state that authorizes that production, distribution, or use."
This leads me to believe that perhaps they will spend federal money, not taxpayer money? Surely the government has more money at its disposal than what we give to them?
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Interesting point. I was under the impression that any monies availiable to the Federal Government was technically "taxpayer money", but with this current crew in power in Washington, it's entirely possible they'll fudge things up and obfuscate that definition to go after those evil pot smokers.......