Change is coming much sooner than we thought, and it is shocking even the most notorious supporters.

 

Recently, the United States House of Representatives voted for an amendment that would stop the targeting of medical marijuana by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and federal prosecutors in states where medical marijuana is legal.

 

According to Huffington Post, arguments for the legitimacy of medical marijuana is growing:

 

A number of studies in recent years have shown the medical potential of cannabis. Purified forms may attack some forms of aggressive cancer. Marijuana use also has been tied to better blood sugar control and may help slow the spread of HIV. Legalization of the plant for medical purposes may lead to lower suicide rates, according to one study.

 

Others agreed that locking away those surrounding medical marijuana is a waste of time. According to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR):

“This is an integral part of why we need smarter sentencing reform, because we’ve had people trapped in this nightmare, and you’ve got non-violent people doing time for doing things that the majority of people in America now think should be legal.”

 

Even long time supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana were shocked that the vote passed.   “Quite frankly, many of us who were sponsors of this amendment… didn’t expect to win and were surprised by the margin of that victory this morning,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) said at a press conference shortly after the vote.

 

The vote was also won by a landslide. According to the Huffington Post, Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project reacted by stating, “I figured we might get lucky and pass it by 5-10 votes, but never thought a 30 vote margin was a possibility.”

 

This does not mean that changes to the federal law will be made. The federal government still currently classifies medical marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug with no legitimate medical purpose. That means that the DEA and federal prosecutors may still target dispensaries, users, and doctors in states where it is not legal. However, with this newest political move by the House, the legalization of medical marijuana might not be far off.

 

What do you think about this pass? Do you agree with the vote, or do you think the DEA and federal prosecutors were in the right to target medical marijuana users, doctors, and dispensaries? How do you think this will change other laws about medical marijuana? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!