What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Chronically Ill : H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Prevent the Federal Government from Interfering With State Laws that have Decriminalized the Use of Medical Marijuana. (2003 house Roll Call 420)
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H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Prevent the Federal Government from Interfering With State Laws that have Decriminalized the Use of Medical Marijuana.
house Roll Call 420     Jul 23, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Ten states in recent years have enacted laws-either through their state legislatures or through ballot propositions to voters-to decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes (those states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), however, has rejected the legality of state medical marijuana laws and has filed criminal charges against numerous individuals and business establishments in those ten states for the possession or distribution of medicinal marijuana. In the view of Progressives, marijuana should be tolerated for medicinal purposes because, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the drug has been found to be effective in treating the symptoms of AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma. During debate on the 2004 Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill, Representative Hinchey (D-NY) offered an amendment which would have prevented the federal government from interfering with the implementation of state laws that authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Progressives voted in favor of Hinchey's amendment but the measure was rejected 152-273.

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