Rohrabacher Praises Colleagues For Medical Marijuana Victory
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher early Friday expressed gratitude to his colleagues for passing his pro-medical marijuana amendment.
The amendment, requiring the Justice Department to respect state medical marijuana laws, won with bipartisan support. It was attached to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015, which also passed.
The landmark legislation marks a turning point in which for the first time a majority of House members voted to lessen restrictions on marijuana.
“This is historic,” said the California Republican, “a victory for states’ rights, for the doctor-patient relationship, for compassion, for fiscal responsibility. This vote shows that House members really can listen to the American people, form coalitions, and get things done.”
Twenty-eight states, with more expected, have enacted legislation allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana and its derivatives for various illnesses. Those laws are at odds with federal policy, which includes marijuana on the schedule of banned substances.
The Rohrabacher amendment was co-sponsored by 11 House members from both parties. It passed 219-189.