Praise End of Medical Marijuana Ban


Target: Representatives Sam Farr and Dana Rohrabacher

Goal: Praise representatives for championing a bill that ends prohibition of medical marijuana

The federal government’s ban on medical marijuana has finally come to an end after Congress approved a spending bill that contained provisions which would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is the first time Congress has backed legislation supported by marijuana advocates.

The bill allows states that already permit legal medical marijuana usage to not worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. This will help dispensaries remain in business to help those who need marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Obama administration has supported the allowance of medical marijuana dispensaries and has mostly kept the federal government from interfering with retail operations, but the bill will now make this official.

The two champions of the bill, representatives Sam Farr (D-California) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), also demonstrate how two parties can work together and substantiate real change. Republicans have typically shied away from supporting pro-marijuana legislation, but the efforts of both representatives were able to bring the parties together and come up with passable legislation. This is no small feat, and should be noted. Congress had enforced restrictive measures on medical marijuana for years and forbid states from taking the issue into their own hands, but has slowly eased into allowing states to test the waters.

Medical marijuana may be the only relief for some people suffering from cancer, seizures, or chronic pain. The stigma surrounding the drug may finally be starting to disappear and this is a welcome shift. Please sign the petition below to thank the two representatives for working together and adding this provision to the spending bill.


Dear Representatives Sam Farr and Dana Rohrabacher,

I would like to thank you for working across party lines to come up with a provision to end the federal government’s ban on medical marijuana. This provision will prohibit federal agents from raiding retail operations and give states more power in medical marijuana dispensaries.

Many people suffer from chronic pain, cancer, seizures, and other ailments that are only helped by medical marijuana use. It is important that we continue to allow these citizens to receive the help they need and this bill will ensure that they do. Congress has only recently started to change the stigma surrounding medical marijuana use and it is great to see substantial change.

Working together to produce a provision that both Democrats and Republicans can get behind is no small feat and should be applauded. I encourage you to continue your efforts to work across party lines, and thank you for working together to end the federal ban on medical marijuana.


[Your Name Here]

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