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Nearly 40,000 violent drug raids take place each year in the United States, according to a Cato Institute report, Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America. Many lives are lost, and many more are ruined, by these paramilitary operations - all in the name of the war on drugs. These SWAT-style raids undermine state laws and further militarize law enforcement.

In response to ongoing federal raids on medical cannabis dispensaries and growers in California and other states, DPA stepped up our efforts to advance common-sense cannabis policy in the halls of Congress. DPA fought back against these wasteful federal raids with the Hinchey-Rohrabacher-Farr-Paul amendment. The law would have prohibited the use of federal tax dollars to pay for Drug Enforcement Administration raids on patients and caregivers in states with medical marijuana laws. Though our legislation ultimately failed, we identified new allies on both sides of the aisle and laid a foundation for our future efforts to get this important bill passed. We are confident next year's Congress will present a more favorable climate for legislation that brings a needed measure of compassion to our federal marijuana laws.

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