It has become increasingly clear that marijuana is no longer the terrible, madness-inducing drug that it was once thought to be. Many municipalities have reduced their priority of prosecuting marijuana-related offenses or decriminalized cannabis use altogether.
Across the United States, legislators, lawmakers, and even judges have made it clear that weed is beneficial as medication without doubt; one New Hampshire judge ordered the state to issue a cancer victim medical marijuana regardless of the state's drag on implementing a compassionate program.
The Department of Justice has still been aggressive towards some of California's medical marijuana dispensaries despite the comprehensive set of regulations that have been recently passed into law — maybe it is related to the DEA's leadership, or lack thereof. Well representatives Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA13) and Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA48) and Sam Farr (D-CA20) are not having it.
Due to aggression towards dispensaries, specifically favored Berkeley Patients Group and Harborside Health Center, they write in a letter to Attorney General Lynch for consideration:
"We are concerned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to threaten individuals and businesses acting within the scope of states law on the medicinal use of marijuana despite formal guidance on exercising prosecutorial discretion and recent changes to federal law. It is counterproductive and economically prohibitive to continue a path of hostility toward dispensaries.”
The full text of which can be found here. Today, I am thankful for our chosen representatives going to bat for those in need.