Tom Angell’s got a pretty good scoop:
Justice Department officials misinformed members of Congress about the effects of a medical marijuana amendment being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an internal memo obtained by Marijuana.com.
The amendment, which lawmakers approved in May 2014 by a vote of 219-189 despite the Obama administrationâ€™s objections, is aimed at preventing the Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.
But in the days leading up to the vote, department officials distributed â€œinformal talking pointsâ€ warning House members that the measure could â€œin effect, limit or possibly eliminate the Departmentâ€™s ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well,â€ according to the document. [Emphasis added.]