“I think people will listen to their own constituents rather than Sessions,” Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to block the DOJ from interfering with medical marijuana (Cannabis) programs in states where the drug is legal.
The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment – added to the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill – bars the DOJ from using funds to target states “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
Though Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for voting down the rider, the amendment received widespread support from both Democrats and Republicans.
Speaking with The Hill Thursday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) intends to offer the amendment to the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill – argued that the American public has been clear in its support for medical cannabis.
“The number of states that are legalizing at least the medical use of cannabis is overwhelming now,” Rohrabacher said. “Public opinion has always spoken on this issue.”
“I think people will listen to their own constituents rather than Sessions.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), another supporter of the amendment, similarly criticized the DOJ for attempting to target medical Cannabis users following state law.
“The federal government can’t investigate everything and shouldn’t, and I don’t want them pursuing medical marijuana patients who are following state law,” Leahy said. “We have more important things for the Department of Justice to do than tracking down doctors or epileptics using medical marijuana legally in their state.”
In Sessions antiquated view on Cannabis (called Marijuana for psychological reasoning to link it to the Mexican Drug Cartel), he links the herb to an addicting drug and completely abrogates the medical benefits.
In his private letter to Congress last month, Sessions called upon lawmakers to reject the amendment “in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime.”
“The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives,” Sessions wrote.
Now in protecting States Rights, maybe Drug enforcers can concentrate on the really dangerous and addicting drugs flooding into our nation and thousands, if not millions of seriously ill people can finally find help. Our laboratories across the nation can actually be free to develop cures.