Weed watch: medi-pot in Congress
By Jordan Smith, Fri., May 13, 2005
Also last week, Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and Maurice Hinchey, D-New York, said they will reintroduce an amendment to the Department of Justice spending bill that would prohibit the agency from using federal tax dollars to arrest and prosecute medi-pot patients and caregivers in the 10 states that have legalized medical marijuana. "It makes no sense at all to have the federal government overriding a vote of the people of a state on what should be criminalized and what shouldn't be criminalized in terms of personal consumption," Rohrabacher told the San Jose Mercury News.
Talk show host Montel Williams, who uses medi-pot to control the pain associated with multiple sclerosis, and famed medi-pot patient Angel Raich, whose bid to ban the feds from interfering with state-sanctioned medi-mari use is still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week to urge passage of Frank's bill. "Medical marijuana helped me when the strongest prescription painkillers failed or left me in such a stupor I couldn't function," Williams said at a press conference. "Patients struggling for their lives and dignity against illnesses like MS, cancer, or AIDS should not be treated as criminals."
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