Southern California Rep. Ted Lieu has proposed an amendment to redirect $9 million in cannabis eradication funds from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to better uses, such as programs that attempt to prevent child abuse and violence against women.

It passed the house on a bipartisan vote.

But it’s still not law.

Now Lieu and supporters, including Colorado’s pro-pot Congressman Jared Polis, are asking house leaders to include the amendment in any year-end budget package.

The deadline to pass the annual omnibus budget bill is Dec. 11.

The amendment would basically gut the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program.

Lieu and friends sent a letter to house leaders urging them to include it in any budget packaged passed in December.

“The DEA continues to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on its Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program, spending $18 million in 2014 alone,” Lieu said. “The language contained in this amendment, supported by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Congress, is an important and needed step forward to cut waste from our federal budget and focus our limited resources on programs that have proven to be effective at preventing violence, assisting children who have been victimized, and promoting public health.”

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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