This is a major change in the nation's drug policy, and we essentially have it thanks to the fact that most if not all legislators didn't bother to read the massive spending bill that passed last weekend and is set to be signed by President Obama.
Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. ...
Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
New Jersey is one of the states that permits medical marijuana, even if fifth tier Presidential candidate Chris Christie has been doing whatever he can to prevent sick people from getting the help their doctor's prescribe.
The article says that the Obama admin has been essentially doing this anyway, but the bill protects from overzealous agents or new Presidential policy in 2017.