Congress voted on two amendments to a Department of Justice spending bill Wednesday that would protect marijuana businesses in states where they’re legal, but only one of them passed.
Introduced by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Democratic Congressman Sam Farr, both of California, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment will prohibit federal funding for the Department of Justice’s prevention of state-implemented medical marijuana programs. The bipartisan amendment also passed in 2014 but was set to expire in September and needed re-approval to prevail, which it gained by a 242-186 vote.
“We have limited tax dollars here, we’re cutting veteran’s benefits, we’re cutting down on people who need help,” Congressman Rohrabacher said Tuesday during a speech on the House Floor. “But then we’re spending it on trying to put in jail someone who is smoking marijuana in their backyard.”