In the near future the House of Representative may soon again vote of the issue of medical marijuana.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has promised to introduce an amendment to the upcoming Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill that would stop federal agencies from enforcing marijuana laws against state approved medical marijuana programs.
The Congressman took to the floor on Friday to speak on behalf of the issue pointing out that, “recent polls show that the vast majority of Americans people support the medical efficiency and use of marijuana.” Rohrabacher called the current situation for patients caused by the federal government being able to interfere with these state laws “cruel nonsense.”
Rohrabacher has long been a champion of ending the Drug Enforcement Agency harassment of state medical marijuana systems and in the past has introduced similar amendments prohibiting agencies from using federal funds to prevent states from operating their medical marijuana laws. The most recent one to receive a floor vote was in 2012. That amendment failed in a vote of 163-262.
Since that vote there have been big changes for medical marijuana across the country. In just the past two years five more states have adopted full medical marijuana laws: Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In addition several others states have adopted CBD-only legislation allowing the medical used of cannabis products with only small amounts of THC.
It will be interesting to see how members of Congress respond to the rapid shift in the marijuana’s legal status in many states.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy