JULY 23, 2003 - US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REJECTS AMENDMENT TO STOP FEDERAL RAIDS ON MED. MARIJ.
“Today [July 23, 2003] the House of Representatives rejected an amendment aimed at stopping federal raids on patients who use marijuana and people who provide it to them in states that recognize the drug as a medicine. Sponsored by Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R.-Calif.), the amendment would have forbidden the Justice Department (which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration) from spending money to tear up plants, close down clubs, or arrest patients or providers.
The amendment was defeated by a vote of 273 to 152, which is closer than might have been expected. The vote in favor of a 1998 House resolution condemning state medical marijuana laws was 310 to 93.”
Jacob Sullum “Growing Outrage,” Reason.com, July 23, 2003