Dec 252015
 

By Linda Kor
The federal government quietly ended its prohibition of medical marijuana last Friday as President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed earlier in the day by Congress.
Section 538 of 1,603-page document states that none of the funds made available for the Department of Justice may be used to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Along with Arizona, there are currently 31 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized pot or its ingredients to treat ailments. The Drug Enforcement Administration, however, continues to place marijuana in the most dangerous category of narcotics, with no accepted medical use.