Congressman Says Federal Cannabis Reform Coming After Midterms

By Benjie Cooper

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As cannabis legalization has continued to spread across the United States, the federal government’s position has remained largely unchanged, opting to stick to propaganda-fueled prohibitionist policies from a dead era instead of admitting that they made a mistake that’s lasted for more than eighty years.

But marijuana’s relationship with the federal government looks to be changing in the near future according to Representative Dana Rohrabacher [R-CA]. The congressman says that President Donald Trump intends to reform national marijuana policies following the midterm elections, fulfilling a campaign promise from 2016.

In 2003, Rohrabacher and Representative Maurice Hinchey introduced the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, a bill that prohibits the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere in any state’s implementation of medicinal cannabis laws. The bill passed on its seventh vote in 2014.

“I have been talking to people inside the White House who know and inside the president’s entourage,” Rohrabacher told Fox Business. “I have talked to them at length. I have been reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise.”

According to the congressman, changes could happen by as early as Spring of 2019 but says that something will definitely be happening in the next legislative season.

“I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real,” said Rohrabacher.

Harley Rouda [D-CA], who has accused Rohrabacher of having a cult-like fixation on marijuana for his dedication to changing federal cannabis policies, will be challenging Rohrabacher for his seat in Congress in November.