Historic Day: Congress votes to support Medical Marijuana states, including Michigan

May 30, 2014
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This morning cheers went up across the nation, as Congress, for the first time ever, voted to cease funding the Department of Justice efforts to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, caretakers, providers, and growers functioning legally under state law. The Department of Justice encompasses the DEA (the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal agency typically tasked with medical marijuana raids).

“The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 219 – 189 to pass an amendment to put a stop to DEA medical marijuana raids in states where it is legal! Similar amendments have been voted on in years past, but we’ve never even come close to passing before (the previous record was 165 yea votes in 2007),” Tom Angell, Chairman of the Marijuana Majority said to us via email. “The amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill would prohibit the Department of Justice from spending any money to prevent the implementation of laws in any of the 32 states (plus DC) which either have comprehensive medical marijuana programs or are moving to enact limited systems focused on providing children with an extracted low THC/high CBD form of marijuana to treat severe seizure disorders. It remains to be seen whether the Senate version of the bill will end up including similar language.”

He continued: “This year’s huge vote increase can largely be attributed to the fact that lawmakers only recently began hearing the moving stories of the many children whose severe seizures are only relieved by marijuana. Being able to list these CBD states in the amendment text meant that more members of Congress that represent these states voted yes than otherwise would have. Counting these states, 60 percent of the U.S. population lives in a place where state law disagrees with federal law.”

Here is the Amendment, courtesy Angell:

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 4660, AS REPORTED (CJS APPROPRIATIONS)
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FFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

 

  1. 1  SEC. ll. None of the funds made available in this
  2. 2  Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with re-
  3. 3  spect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Cali-
  4. 4  fornia, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Co-
  5. 5  lumbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine,
  6. 6  Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mis-
  7. 7  sissippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire,
  8. 8  New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South
  9. 9  Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and
  10. 10  Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their
  11. 11  own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, pos-
  12. 12  session, or cultivation of medical marijuana.
  • Chris Wiland

    bout time

  • Alethafaye

    Great news! Go tackle something else, like education SHEESH

  • Trexinmichigan

    Now if we can Bouchard and Schuette to get with the effing program.

  • Bobandtorey

    I will take the wait and see before i believe anything

  • Fumunda

    Now we need to get off the sched 1 list.

  • prymal

    Legalize and tax it. Save the billions this country spends fighting it and start making money on it.
    Prohibition only makes the bad guys rich and the citizens criminals.
    We learned that in the 1920′s.

  • blackholesurfer

    ya know meth and cocaine is a sched 2. its ridiculous.

  • Fumunda

    Prob is they are making billions on it now with all the drug money and forfeiture laws.