Federal prosecutors are breaking federal medical marijuana law in their quest to seize two California dispensaries and imprison Washington patient-cultivators, two California Congressmen charged today.
U.S. Reps. Sam Farr and Dana Rohrabacher released a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today requesting the Department of Justice cease “marijuana prosecutions and forfeiture actions against those acting in accordance with state medical marijuana laws.”
Last week, a Justice Department spokesman told the Los Angeles Times medical marijuana providers remain targets, despite a December law de-funding the DOJ’s war on state-legal medical pot.
That law states no DOJ funds may be used to: “prevent States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
In the DOJ’s newly released close reading of the law, the DOJ “did not believe the amendment applies to cases against individuals or organizations” but rather it prevents the DOJ from “impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws.”
“In fact,” wrote the Congressmen, “we can imagine few more efficient and effective ways of ‘impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws’ than prosecuting individuals and organizations acting in accordance with those laws.”