A bill that would ban the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from prosecuting medical marijuana patients, caregivers and businesses which are otherwise following state laws is up for debate this week in Washington D.C.
Similar measures have failed in recent years, but bipartisan backers of the bill – including author Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California – say they’ve got the support this time around.
Supporters point to other pro-cannabis measures that have seen support, including a bill that would have allowed Veterans Administration doctors to discuss medical marijuana treatments with their patients that narrowly failed in committee.
If approved, it would potentially end cases like the so-called Kettle 5 in Washington state. As we wrote earlier this month, a federal judge refused to hear arguments that Larry Harvey, 70, was following state medical marijuana laws in a federal case against Harvey for cultivation and possession of firearms for a few hunting weapons he had locked up in a safe.
The bill could be voted on by the end of today.
Read the entire text of the bill below, courtesy of U.S. News and World Report: