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Congress "restricts" the DEA (with a $35 million budget increase)

• Free Press Publications
At the end of May, the US House of Representatives made headlines for voting on an amendment that would restrict the Drug Enforcement Agency from obstructing state industrial hemp programs, and from cracking down on medical marijuana facilities. An email from the Drug Policy Alliance states, "the U.S. House made an historic move by voting to prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. The bipartisan amendment passed with 219 'yes' votes." Adding "After years of hard work with our allies in Congress, there is now bipartisan consensus in favor of letting states set their own marijuana policies. And the votes are an embarrassment for the DEA, a federal agency that represents everything that's wrong with the war on drugs. An end to our country's failed 40-year drug war is truly within sight."

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