Pro-marijuana politician Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is in the news again this week after he and a bipartisan group of lawmakers came together to support a bill that would keep the federal government from prosecuting people and businesses for drug crimes in states where marijuana is legal.
The Huffington Post’s Matt Ferner reports that Rohrabacher introduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 (H.R. 1940), which would require the federal government to respect states that have stopped banning cannabis. Rohrabacher actually introduced the same bill in 2013.
In a statement, Rohrabacher said that “The American people, through the 35 states that have liberalized laws banning either medical marijuana, marijuana in general, or cannabinoid oils, have made it clear that federal enforcers should stay out of their personal lives. It’s time for restraint of the federal government’s over-aggressive weed warriors.”
Under the Obama administration, the DEA has raided hundreds of marijuana dispensaries and sent people to prison, even though they obeyed state laws. According to Americans for Safe Access, the Obama administration has spent almost $80 million each year targeting medical marijuana.