Congress Passes Major Medical Marijuana Reform Before Holidays

Marguerite Arnold, Main Street

In a dramatic reaffirmation of a House vote earlier this year, House and Senate leaders reached an agreement last week on the major spending bill funding next year's federal government that also includes a measure to defund DEA interdiction in states where marijuana is legal under state law. In the Senate this summer, as this issue began to threaten other legislative matters, forward motion was temporarily halted by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) in an effort to force the White House to weigh in on the issue.