You read that correctly âÂ Congress just voted to end the federal governmentâs war on medical marijuana!
During a debate regarding a Justice Department funding bill, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a longtime MPP ally, offered an amendment intended to block DEA raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. It passed by a surprisingly wide margin âÂ 219-189. The amendment will not become law until it is signed by the president, but weâre well on our way.
MPP played a key role in building support for this measure, and we couldnât have done it without our supporters.
We have hadÂ a lot of victoriesÂ since MPP was founded in 1995, but this is one of the biggest â not just in the organizationâs history, but in the history of the marijuana policy reform movement.
We worked with Congressman Rohrabacher and former Congressman Maurice Hinchey on this amendment for more than a decade, and our lobbying presence in Congress has never been stronger. This year alone, we met with staffers from more than 100 congressional offices, as well as dozens of members in person. Â With this victory, even more doors will be open to us in the future.