Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives that aims to end the federal government’s use of asset forfeiture to sanction those who produce or dispense marijuana in states that have legalized its therapeutic use.

The measure, HR 6335, prohibits the federal government from employing 21 U.S.C. 881(7), the civil asset forfeiture statute, to sanction property owners whose tenants are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. In recent months, federal officials have frequently used this statute to close hundreds of locally regulated dispensaries in various states, including California, Colorado, and Washington.

Speaking in support of the proposal, sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee explained, “As a long-time supporter of the rights of patients to have safe and legal access to medicine that has been recommended to them by their doctors, this bill will provide clarification to California businesses and security for California patients. The people of California have made it legal for patients to have safe access to medicinal marijuana and, as a result, thousands of small business owners have invested millions of dollars in building their companies, creating jobs, and paying their taxes. We should be protecting and implementing the will of voters, not undermining our democracy by prosecuting small business owners who pay taxes and comply with the laws of their states in providing medicine to patients in need.”

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