Published 3:00 pm, Friday, February 20, 2015
They’ve got the law on their side. For a decade, Rohrabacher and Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, pushed for legislation to prohibit the Department of Justice from using federal funds to go after medical cannabis operations in states that have legalized them. California became the first state in the nation to do so in 1996.
At first, that bipartisan effort failed spectacularly. But as the number of states that legalized medical marijuana approached 32, the political calculus changed. In May, the House passed the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment by a 219-189 vote to prohibit the use of federal funds to block state-authorized medical cannabis. Congressional leaders included the amendment in the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” bill, which the president signed in December. Now Congress and the White House are on the record opposing federal prosecutions against marijuana operations in states that sanction them.
“The intent of Congress was pretty clear,” Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell noted. California voters also sent an unmistakable message that they want the feds “to knock it off. It’s a waste of taxpayer resources.”
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