A car filled with bales of marijuana is seen at a police station in La Grulla, Texas on March 28, 2013.
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House votes on bipartisan amendments to marijuana bills

The House of Representatives voted on several bipartisan amendments to marijuana legislation today, passing three out of the four measures.

The failed measure was an amendment prohibiting states from using federal funds to implement their own laws regarding marijuana, including in states where marijuana is legal for recreational use.  Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) spearheaded that amendment and defended it’s constitutionality on the House floor, saying “it only affects jurisdiction that is strictly and solely the rightful province of the states as pertains to their affairs, strictly and solely within their borders.”

The amendment failed to pass with a vote of 206 - 222.

The House passed the medical marijuana provision blocking the Department of Justice from interfering with state medicinal marijuana laws by a vote of 242-186.  It also passed legislation preventing states from using federal funds to implement laws against the use of medicinal marijuana oil and industrial hemp.

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House votes on bipartisan amendments to marijuana bills