Federal Ban on Medical Marijuana Ended by Congressional Spending Bill, LA Times Reports

A measure in the Congressional spending bill passed on December 13, 2014, has effectively ended the federal government's ban on medical marijuana.

A measure in the Congressional spending bill passed on December 13, 2014, has effectively ended the federal government’s ban on medical marijuana. The measure prohibits the federal government from using any of its resources to impede state medical marijuana laws, according to the

LA Times.

The Obama administration has followed a similar policy since the president directed federal prosecutors to stop enforcing drug laws that contradict state marijuana policies. According to the article, 32 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana for certain therapeutic uses. Additional details on recent trends in state medical marijuana rules are available in the January 2015 issue of the

NABP Newsletter

(PDF).