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How much are the Feds spending going after medical marijuana?

I love it!

Washington DC — By the request of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the
nation’s largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, Congressman
Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) this week led a group of three other House
lawmakers in calling for a Government Accountability Office (GAO)
investigation of how much money the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
spent each year over the past decade to enforce federal medical
marijuana laws. Joining Hinchey in the GAO request are Congressmen Ron
Paul (R-TX), Sam Farr (D-CA), and Barney Frank (D-MA).

“We want to find out what the Department of Justice spends annually to
prosecute medical marijuana patients so we can tell the American people
exactly how much of their taxes is being wasted and diverted away from
critical law enforcement activities, including homeland security
activities,” Hinchey was quoted saying in a press release from his office.

This is good. However, looking over the letter, I think they could have worded it better in one place. They specifically request:

…that you determine the amount of funds spent for any DEA activity relating to medical marijuana including money spent on investigations, arrests, prosecutions, and advocacy.

It’s good that they included advocacy, but in that case, they shouldn’t have limited it to the DEA, but also included the ONDCP.

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