MID DAY NEWS BREAK:
I blogged about the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment two days ago. Now, I’ve got some updated news for you.
In a truly historic vote – the first Pro Pot vote in Congress - the chamber voted 219-189 to approve a measure that would prevent the Justice Department from using money provided by Congress to crack down on those using, prescribing, selling and distributing marijuana for medical purposes in states that allow it.
So what does this mean in the bigger picture?
Congress is ready to rethink how we treat medical marijuana patients in this country. This amendment gives states the right to determine their own laws for medical marijuana use; free of federal intervention. It also gives patients comfort knowing they will have safe access to the medical care legal in their state without the fear of federal prosecution.there is still work to be done to get this bill out of the Senate.
And if it becomes law as written, Farr’s amendment would apply to California, 32 other states and the District of Columbia.
On to the senate, where if sanity prevails again…it’ll pass!