Congress has made yet another capitulation in the federal war on drugs. This time, they passed a protection against federal raids in states that have legalized medical marijuana and industrial hemp farming.
This is good news, if the feds can be trusted. A Huffington Post article gives the details:
Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal.
The spending bill includes an amendment that prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds to go after state-legal medical cannabis programs. If the bill is signed into law, it will bring the federal government one step closer to ending raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, as well as stopping arrests of individuals involved with pot businesses that are complying with state law.
While this is certainly good news to a certain extent, we should not be jumping for joy just yet. Certainly, it shows that the momentum is on the side of drug peace advocates, but we should never take the feds on their word. Even though this bill has passed both chambers and is on it's way to be signed by the President, it is no guarantee that certain federal-level drug raids will end.
Keep in mind that this is not the first time we have heard that these raids were coming to an end. President Obama assured us all in Feb. 2009 that federal raids of marijuana growers and dispensary owners operating legally under state law was going to stop, but it didn't. This could just be another red herring to attempt to lull us back to sleep and discontinue our important state-level resistance measures.
The federal government disobeys its own rules, regulations and procedures all the time. They have absolutely no respect for the Constitution or the rule of law, and are more than willing to lie to the people about it. Although marijuana prohibition is clearly coming to an end, don't expect the feds to go down quietly. After all, there is a great deal of money and power at stake for them. The feds may still have a few tricks up their sleeves to trip up drug reformers.
That is why it is more important than ever to support initiatives like our PEACE Act. We have the feds on the ropes. They are conceding because they know they are losing, but we cannot let up the pressure on them. We cannot let them think we have won while the battle is still underway. Our PEACE Act will make it so state and local officials refuse to cooperate with federal marijuana raids. That way, we don't have to rely on their word, which has been broken so many times.
The feds have not shown that they are willing to cede power voluntarily under any circumstances. They do not deserve the benefit of the doubt. That is why we must keep fighting, and refuse to take our foot off the gas pedal. Only by getting our PEACE Act introduced and passed can we ensure that lawful marijuana users and caregivers will be shielded from federal force. Join us, and help us thwart federal marijuana prohibition for good!