The House voted on a number of amendments yesterday regarding marijuana and the states. This is another sign of how far we’ve come. Reform in the federal legislature is generally the slowest.
Tom Angell from Marijuana Majority sent me some details on the votes:
- The one to protect state medical marijuana laws â€” sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) â€” passed by a vote of 242-186. (A huge jump from last year, when we won 219-189.)
- The one to protect all state marijuana laws, including full legalization â€” sponsored by Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) â€” narrowly lost by a vote of 206-222.
- The one to protect state industrial hemp laws â€” sponsored by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) â€” passed by a vote of 282-146. (A significant jump in support from last year’s vote of 235-170.)
- The one to protect limited state laws allowing use of CBD oil by children suffering from severe seizure disorders â€” sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) â€” passed by a vote of 297-130.
â€œNow that the House has gone on record with strong bipartisan votes for two years in a row to oppose using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws, itâ€™s time for Congress to take up comprehensive legislation to actually change federal law. That’s what a growing majority of Americans wants, and these votes show that lawmakers are on board as well. Congress clearly wants to stop the the Justice Department from spending money to impose failed marijuana prohibition policies onto states, so thereâ€™s absolutely no reason those policies themselves should remain on the lawbooks any longer.â€
The House also passed (by voice vote), several amendments that would take $23 million from the DEA and put it toward other needs.