Marijuana amendment adopted
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The House early Friday adopted Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDem money floods Calif. primaries to avert electoral disaster Overnight Finance: White House planning new tax cut proposal this summer | Schumer wants Congress to block reported ZTE deal | Tech scrambles to comply with new data rules Realtor group pulls support from GOP rep over comments about selling to LGBT homebuyers MORE's (R-Calif.) proposal to bar the Justice Department from preventing states' implementation of their own medical marijuana laws.

Adopted 219-189, Rohrabacher's measure was offered as an amendment to a 2015 appropriations bill to fund the Justice Department, Commerce Department and science programs. It would apply to the 33 states that allow the use or possession of medical marjiuana.

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Rohrabacher said that his amendment would reflect shifting public opinion toward the use of medical marijuana and limit federal overreach.

"Despite this overwhelming shift in public opinion, the federal government continues its hard line of oppression against medical marijuana," Rohrabacher said. 

The amendment attracted the support of a bipartisan coalition in favor of legalized marijuana.

"This train has already left the station," said Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Defense: Latest on scrapped Korea summit | North Korea still open to talks | Pentagon says no change in military posture | House passes 6B defense bill | Senate version advances House easily passes 7B defense authorization bill Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting MORE (D-Ore.), whose state allows the use of medical marijuana. "The problem is that the federal government's getting in the way."

But other lawmakers argued that states shouldn't be encouraged to promote what has long been an illegal drug in the United States.

"This will take the away the ability of the Department of Justice to protect our young people," said Rep. John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingCoast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane Freedom Caucus member to bring up bill on impeaching IRS chief GOP seeks to make it 52 MORE (R-La.).

Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisKoch-backed group to target some Republicans over spending vote in new ad campaign GOP lawmakers demand Sessions investigate Clinton, Comey NIH investigating 'alarming' report on funding for alcohol study: official MORE (R-Md.), a former physician, said that other addictive drugs proven to help with certain health problems weren't being promoted the same way as marijuana. He cited an example that nicotine, an ingredient in cigarettes, has been proven to help certain types of epilepsy.

"Why don't we have therapeutic tobacco?" Harris said. "Nobody writes a prescription and says, 'Smoke a couple of cigarettes and cure your epilepsy.' But that's what we're being asked to do."