30 May '14, 8pm

US House moves to end raids on medical marijuana

US House moves to end raids on medical marijuana

WASHINGTON: Reflecting growing public support for easing marijuana laws, the House of Representatives voted on Friday to bar federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana facilities or growers in states that have legalised its use. Several Republicans, citing the need to curb federal overreach, joined Democrats to pass an amendment that applies to the more than half the US states which allow the possession or use of medical marijuana. "Despite the overwhelming shift in public opinion, the federal government continues its hard line of oppression against medical marijuana," the bill's chief sponsor, House Republican Dana Rohrabacher, told colleagues late Thursday, citing recent polls that show 61 per cent of Republicans and 80 per cent of Democrats favour legalising cannabis for medical purposes. His amendment passed as part of a massive 2015 spending bill for the Justi...

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