A U.S. District Court judge by the name of Charles Breyer became the first of hopefully many to finally tell the federal government to stop harassing medical weed providers, adding that the Drug Enforcement Administration’s interpretation of a recent weed bill and subsequent enforcement of antiquated ideas “defies language and logic.” The case is centered on the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana dispensary in Fairfax, California, according to the LA Weekly.
“The harassment from the [U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration] is something that should not be tolerated in the land of the free,” said Dana Rohrabache, who co-authored an omnibus budget bill with President Barack Obama last year that included a directive prohibiting federal enforcement with regards to “otherwise legit” medical weed sellers in legal states. Rohrabache and Obama’s directive has been a frequent source of contention throughout the battle to stop federal harassment.
“California,” Breyer wrote earlier this week, “has chosen its way.” That way, according to Santa Monica attorney Mieke Poorten, involves a substantial and welcomed decrease in federal raids: “The federal raids are now going to have to cease based on this directive,” she told LA Weekly. “They should cease.”