House Republican, In A First, Backs Legalizing Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:  US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) of California says he backs legalizing recreational marijuana, the first Republican member of Congress to publicly support such a shift.

The longtime libertarian congressman from affluent Orange County told the Monitor on Monday he would “probably” endorse a 2016 California referendum to permit marijuana use by the general public, should it qualify for the ballot.

“If they put it on the ballot that they would legalize it, I’d probably support that ballot measure,” Representative Rohrabacher said in a phone interview. Elaborating on the issue nationwide, he adds: “By providing the federal government the right to control personal behavior, it’s totally contradictory to what our country is all about.”


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