The amendment, which would have to pass muster in the Senate to take effect, prohibits the Justice Department, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, from spending taxpayers’ money on raids or other attempts to stop medical use of marijuana in the 22 states that allow it.
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The market for medicinal cannabis was estimated to be $1.7 billion in 2011. Like health food and hip-hop, cannabis was going corporate. As a wave of newbies began to challenge the old guard, movement veterans recalled the days before Proposition 215. "A lot of people want to cash in but they don't have an appreciation of what it took to get here. They don't know the history."
Perhaps the most disappointing realization that I came to after five years of medical school was that almost no one was interested in discussing the
nature of health and illness, disease and cure. There was little desire to examine new
ideas, and sometimes even contempt for anything other than the latest technological advancements.