Marijuana amendment adopted

by Cristina Marcos, The Hill  |  published on May 30, 2014

Medicinal Marijuana
The House early Friday adopted Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-Calif.) proposal to bar the Justice Department from preventing states’ implementation of their own medical marijuana laws.

Adopted 219-189, Rohrabacher’s measure was offered as an amendment to a 2015 appropriations bill to fund the Justice Department, Commerce Department and science programs. It would apply to the 33 states that allow the use or possession of medical marjiuana.

Rohrabacher said that his amendment would reflect shifting public opinion toward the use of medical marijuana and limit federal overreach.
“Despite this overwhelming shift in public opinion, the federal government continues its hard line of oppression against medical marijuana,” Rohrabacher said.

The amendment attracted the support of a bipartisan coalition in favor of legalized marijuana.

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