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Medical Marijuana Ads Target Congressmen Who Oppose Legalization

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Democrats this week began a witch hunt for Congressional holdouts who still support federal intervention in states' rights to regulate medical marijuana. Proponents of greater access to medical marijuana were emboldened after a Republican-controlled House voted 219-189 to proscribe the government from enforcing federal marijuana laws that conflict with rapidly changing state laws supported by majorities of the American public. As libertarian met libertine, a quarter of Republican congressmen voted for the provision – with opposition from just 17 Democrats.

Now, progressives are targeting Reps. Andy Harris and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrats from Maryland and Florida, with ads on MSNBC from Americans for Safe Access. Kris Hermes, a spokesman for the progressive group, told The Huffington Post that the attack on Wasserman makes sense, especially given that 90 percent of Floridians support medical marijuana, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. "The reason for these two particular members of Congress has to do with their especially outspoken opposition to medical marijuana, despite its popular support in their districts," he said. "Although the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment was passed with a solid majority, the influence of these two elected officials is significant, and their efforts to derail a measure supported by the vast majority of Americans is troubling and must be confronted."

Following this initial media exposure, the new ads will run during the next several days on MSNBC to remind voters how Harris, among 17 Democrats in the House, continues to oppose legalization of medical marijuana. The Florida Congressman spoke on the House floor in late May against the bill sponsored by California Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr to deny DEA funding for operations against state-regulated medical marijuana.

"It's the camel's nose under the tent," Harris said, according to Reason and National Journal. The Congressman cited a report published this week by the DEA calling medical marijuana "a means to an end" in gaining legalization for recreational purposes. The historic House vote came just days after delegates to the Democratic State Convention voted overwhelmingly to add support for recreational marijuana to the party platform in a state that has allowed limited distribution of medical marijuana since 1999. And on Wednesday, delegates on the state Republican's temporary platform committee voted to add medical marijuana support, this year, in Texas.


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Source: Medicaldaily.com
Author: Matthew Mientka
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