Ever since California’s Prop 215 first allowed legal access to medical marijuana, there has been a lingering friction between State’s that chose to legalize medical cannabis and the Federal Government who insisted that it was still illegal nationwide. This legal conflict served as a source of tension in the lives of patients and marijuana professionals alike. There have been Federal raids in medical States and the issue even went to the Supreme Court in the landmark case of Gonzalez v. Raich.
However, that era appears to be coming to an end. Congress has passed a spending bill that has a little golden nugget for cannabis activists buried deep within its 1,603 pages. That bill essentially puts an end to the enforcement of Federal cannabis prohibition in States that recognize medical marijuana.
The Obama administration had adopted a very similar approach, particularly in recent years, so it is not likely that citizens will feel a substantial difference once the new law goes into effect. However, the nagging fears of many cannabis activists that a less pot-friendly administration could roll back the permissive approach of the Obama administration are seemingly put to rest.
Everyday we are seeing the walls of prohibition as they continue to crumble. This latest development represents a major brick being removed.