Bill to Stop Medical Cannabis and Hemp Raids Passes U.S. Senate, Heads to President Obama

The United States Senate senatepassed a national spending bill Saturday that includes a provision to defund medical cannabis raids. The House of Representatives approved the bill Friday, meaning the proposal now heads to President Obama, who says he will quickly sign it into law once it reaches his desk.

The provision in the spending bill which defunds medical cannabis raids prohibits the Department of Justice from spending any resources enforcing federal cannabis laws in states that have legalized the plant for medical purposes. A separate provision in the spending bill prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from interfering with state-authorized hemp research programs.

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