Marijuana amendment adopted
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The House early Friday adopted Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherMichael Steele: Congress must lead on cannabis reform and stand with the American public Will Congress side with Trump or Sessions on medical marijuana rider? Only 2 vulnerable House Republicans want Trump's help with campaign: report 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.

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 BlumenauerWater has experienced a decade of bipartisan success Way to go, Ted Poe Lawmakers promote pet adoption at Paws for Luck 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 Harris25 House Republicans defy leadership in key spending bill vote 13 House Republicans call on Sessions to appoint second special counsel Trump nominates Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece to federal planning commission 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."