Closer than Ever
The Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, by a vote of 259-163. I had intended to post something about the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment before the House of Representatives voted on it, but the action alert from the Marijuana Policy Project stated that a vote was expected in July, so I thought I had more time.
The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca.), would have blocked funding of federal marijuana enforcement against medical marijuana patients in the 11 states that have legalized medical marijuana. The defeat of the amendment was disappointing, but this press release from the MPP points out that the margin of defeat for the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment keeps getting narrower.
You can find out how your representative voted here. Libertarians who view Republicans as the lesser evil and left-wing independents who see no significant difference between the major parties should take note of the partisan breakdown of the vote: