Rohrabacher, Farr Hail Medical Marijuana Amendment in Funding Bill
WASHINGTON – Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr, both Californians, on Monday saluted congressional colleagues for including their co-sponsored medical marijuana amendment in final passage over the weekend of the government funding legislation, now on its way to President Obama’s desk.
The amendment would require the federal government to respect state sovereignty over medical marijuana, depriving the Department of Justice of taxpayers’ dollars to prevent states from carrying out their medical marijuana laws. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia are listed in the amendment as having legalized marijuana or its ingredients for medical purposes.
The bipartisan amendment had a dozen co-signers – six Republicans and six Democrats.
Rohrabacher, a Republican who represents coastal Orange County, said, “The enactment of this legislation will mark the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana and has instead taken an approach to respect the many states that have permitted the use of medical marijuana to some degree.”
Farr, a Democrat who represents California’s Central Coast, said, “When the House first passed this measure back in May we made headlines; today we made history,” said Farr. “The federal government will finally respect the decisions made by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws. This is a great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not patients.”
The provision will be effective throughout Fiscal Year 2015 and will likely be considered again next year for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill.
“This is a victory for so many,” said Rohrabacher, “including scores of our wounded veterans, who have found marijuana to be an important medicine for some of the ailments they suffer, such as PTSD, epilepsy, and MS.”