As American’s attitudes towards marijuana laws continue to shift, the Republican controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to restrict the DEA from using federal funds to interfere with or go after medical marijuana business or operations that are legal under state laws.
The appropriations amendment put forward by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) passed 219-189.
The Senate will now consider its own bill for the DEA. The House amendment will have to survive a joint conference before it can go into effect.
Rep Jared Polis (D-Colo.) stated in a post vote press conference on Friday, “Quite frankly, many of us who were sponsors of this amendment didn’t expect to win and were surprised by the margin of victory this morning”
The Obama administration, the DEA and many U.S. attorneys have moved against marijuana dispensaries that were under compliance with state regulations and laws.
The DEA still list marijuana as a schedule I substance with no currently accepted medical use.
“The conflicting nature of state and federal marijuana laws has created an untenable situation,” Said Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) It’s time we take the federal government out of the equation so medical marijuana business owners operating under state law aren’t living in constant fear of having their doors kicked down in the middle of the night” Blumenauer added.