In the past, federal agents were still legally able to go to states where medical marijuana is legal and raid them. The medical marijuana laws at the federal level took precedence over the state medical marijuana laws. Under the new legislation, medical marijuana dispensaries and users are now safe from federal agents. This new legislation is a turning point on how the federal government views marijuana. Representative Dana Rohrabacher was the co-author of the provision. Rohrabacher commented on the political victory.
"This is a victory for so many. The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana."
Representative Sam Farr also weighed in on the historic move by Congress.
"The federal government will finally respect the decisions made by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws. This is a great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not sick patients."
The medical marijuana movement started in the early 1990s. Since then, 32 of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia have adjusted the laws to make medical marijuana, or the ingredients in marijuana, legal to be used for medical purposes. Even though the medical marijuana movement as been successful, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most addictive and to have no medical use. Research has proven that marijuana does have a use in the medical world. Due to its proven medical use, marijuana no longer fits the standard that makes it a Schedule I controlled substance. Medical marijuana has helped in the treatments of the following medical conditions.