Vermont Gov. Shumlin backs congressional effort to block medical marijuana crackdowns


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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he supports an effort in Congress to block the federal government from cracking down on state-sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries.

Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1oWZxv9 ) reports that dispensaries in the states that allow the use of medical marijuana have been under the threat of being closed down by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency because they are in violation of federal drug laws.

Shumlin says he supports a move by a coalition of the most liberal and the most conservative members of the U.S. House to prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with state sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries.

Shumlin says he thinks the congressional effort "adds more voices to the common sense approach to marijuana policy."


Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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