Medical Marijuana

Congress Passive as Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in DC

It's the DEA folks need to be worrying about

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Congress, which for years has needled the District of Columbia from atop Capitol Hill, watched from the sidelines this week as the city launched its medicinal pot program.

Its passivity to this point is significant, since the federal government still considers the production and use of marijuana illegal and Congress is vested with legislative oversight of the nation's capital.

"It's highly symbolic that medical marijuana is being sold to patients at the doorstep of the same federal legislature that has refused to change a very outdated policy," said Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, an organization that promotes patients' legal access to cannabis.