Votes Signal Growing Support In Congress For Legalized Marijuana Protections

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Congress‘ openness toward marijuana use continues to grow, with the House voting Wednesday to prevent the Justice Department from meddling in states that allow medicinal use of the drug and signaling growing support for even broader protections of legalized pot.

The chamber voted to lay off medical marijuana, 242-186, for the second year in a row, and a bid to stop meddling in states that allow recreational use fell shy of a majority. Both votes showed support has grown.

The House voted amid debate on the Justice Department’s annual spending bill, which controls federal law enforcement.

Marijuana legalization advocates said the level of support indicates that the time has come for broader consideration of rewriting drug policy.

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