The Largest Federal Appeals Court Tells DOJ To Back Off State-Legal Medical Marijuana

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice can’t prosecute medical marijuana patients and providers for violating federal cannabis law as long as those individuals are in full compliance with state laws legalizing medical marijuana.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit held unanimously that a 2014 budget measure “prohibits DOJ from spending funds” to go after such people.

That’s bad news for the Justice Department’s increasingly controversial war on marijuana. Currently, 25…

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