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Rohrabacher, Farr Push for Med Pot Provision in House Spending Bills

Sep 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, joined his Democratic colleague, Rep. Sam Farr, in asking the House Appropriations Committee to include their amendment requiring the federal government to respect state medical marijuana laws in any spending bill considered for Fiscal Year 2016.

The amendment has been federal law for the past two fiscal years but will expire on September 30. It bars funds from being used in the prosecution of medical marijuana cases in states where the practice is legal.

Fifty-four other House members from both parties co-signed the letter, written to Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-KY, and Ranking Member Nita Lowey, D-NY.

“The tides are shifting,” said Rohrabacher.  “Not only are the American people demanding a different approach to marijuana prohibition, as evidenced in numerous polls, but the Congress is responding in kind.  So many people have come to rely on ‘Rohrabacher-Farr’ to protect them from unwarranted federal prosecution.  It would be unthinkable to allow this provision to expire, especially considering that it received more support by members of both the House and the Senate than ever before.”

The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment last passed the House on June 6, 2015 by a commanding bipartisan vote of 242-186.