Outgoing Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) reflected on his 30 years of service in Congress in a wide-ranging farewell speech on Wednesday, and he dedicated several minutes to talking about progress heightened achieve on marijuana reform.  "I can not think of a life I would rather have lived-the highs and the lows, the idealism and the pragmatism, the courage and the weakness, the disappointments, and yes, the joyous outcomes that I have seen here as part of this Rohrabacher, who lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda in this month's Midterm Election, ran down a list of achievements he was proud of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "favorite congressman." About half-way through the speech, which he titled, "Standing Against The Tide," he turned his attention to cannabis.
The "conse Ronald Reagan's special assistant has been widely used by him in the country-and, yes, throughout the House and the Senate-on the issue of cannabis, "Rohrabacher said. [1
Elderly people suffering from pain or appetite, children with epilepsy and even individuals working on opioid addictions can benefit from marijuana, he said on the house floor. Cannabis "is not a gateway into the use of opiates," but rather "a way out."
Finally, Rohrabacher described one of his most well-known legislative accomplishments: sponsoring an amendment that prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to interfere in state-legal medical cannabis programs. That amendment, he said, helped create a legal market balloon into a $ 6 billion industry.
"That is $ 6 billion not going to drug cartels in Mexico. That's $ 6 billion, which is better than trying to put someone in jail for a weed, using all the money for law enforcement, jails, judges' time and police time, rather than trying to protect the American people. What a waste.
"My colleagues join me in that. Congratulations, I am very, very proud and very grateful that I have the opportunity to express my love for you When he comes to medical marijuana. "
The congressman closed the 30-minute speech by emphasizing his gratitude for having had the opportunity to serve. As one of the most vocal marijuana reform advocates on the GOP side of the House, Rohrabacher's absence could be potentially complicate bipartisan legislative efforts.
But at the same time, with a new Democratic majority and multiple incoming committee chairs already talking about reform,
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