While unlikely to pass, that it’s being introduced is significant. Dana Rohrabacher has longstanding pro-libertarian connections.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Fed up with the Obama administration’s interference with medical marijuana operations across the country, a bipartisan coalition of congressmen has introduced an amendment to stop the U.S. Department of Justice from conducting more raids on dispensaries acting within the law.
Two California Republicans, Dana Rohrabacher and Tom McClintock, joined up with Democrats Sam Farr of California and Maurice Hinchey of New York to create the Rohrabacher-Hinchey-Farr-McClintock Medical Marijuana Amendment. The language recognizes “the right of states to operate their own programs with respect to the issue of medical cannabis, without prohibitive interference from the U.S. Justice Department, which has been escalating its efforts to stymie these programs,” according to a fact sheet put out by the coalition.
The congressmen note that President Barack Obama promised after taking office to avoid using federal prosecutors to circumvent state medical marijuana laws. Since then, though, the administration ‘has done everything in its power to undermine” these laws while conducting “more than 200 paramilitary-style raids on medical cannabis producers and distributors in at least 7 states, resulting in more than 60 federal indictments.”
If the amendment becomes law, the Justice Department would be prohibited from using any federal funds “to prevent the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, or the District of Columbia, from implementing programs authorized by those laws.”