The U.S. House is just as tired of the War on Drugs as you are
In the first major step forward on relaxing harsh drugs laws in the United States, the U.S. House acted early this morning to allow states to grow their own marijuana without interference from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Better yet, the effort was thoroughly bipartisan—the first real example of Members of Congress working together in quite some time.
“Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) co-sponsored the amendment with Reps. Rohrabacher, Don Young (R-Alaska), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).”
One of the lead champions of this amendment is Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, who took to the House floor to convince his fellow Republicans to support the measure.
“Rohrabacher said on the House floor that the amendment “should be a no-brainer” for conservatives who support states’ rights and argued passionately against allowing the federal government to interfere with a doctor-patient relationship.”
The amendment still has to make it through the Senate, or survive a joint conference, but anything that can make it through the highly divided House should be able to breeze through anywhere else.
Could the federal government be about to take another step towards legalizing medical marijuana? Could Congress make a habit of working together for common-sense reforms? Only time will tell.