Next week, Congress will vote on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment that would prevent the Justice Department from spending money on arresting or prosecuting medical-marijuana patients in states that have declared the use legal.That must be some other Rohrabacher than California's. Oh well, even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.
If enacted, the law would offer a temporary solution to a growing conflict between federal laws prohibiting the cultivation, possession or distribution of marijuana, and states where voters have approved the medical use of cannabis.
"As long as we can allow these patients to use their medicine without fear of prosecution, that would be good enough for us," said Robert Raich, Angel Raich's husband and attorney. "This amendment would, at least, take care of that for one fiscal year."
"In its decision, the Supreme Court made it clear that the ball is now in Congress' court,'' said Angel Raich. "I hope for myself, my children and for other patients out there that our congressional leaders put compassion first."You know what to do if you care about this. Your congresscritters' addresses can be found at the top left of The Brain. Fixer made it easy for you.
Until that law is passed, let's start by urging California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to support the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment.