Well, if there was ever any question of Congress’ intent when they passed the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) have clarified it for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder. As mentioned in the letter to the DOJ, the issue originally came to light when L.A. Times ran an “article titled ‘Justice Department says it can still prosecute medical marijuana cases,’ a Department spokesman, Patrick Rodenbush, said that the amendment doesn’t apply to cases against individuals or organizations, but merely stops the Department from ‘impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana law.'”
Both lawmakers came out last week stating that DOJ’s interpretation was “emphatically wrong” and “defies logic”. This week they have made it more official by sending a letter to Attorney General regarding the “prosecution and forfeiture actions against those acting in accordance with state medical marijuana laws”. They advised the Attorney General Eric Holder that the DOJ was in violation of federal law and to bring his “Department back into compliance”.
It is perplexing why the DOJ insists on going against the wishes of the country’s representatives who are entrusted with the power to make the laws of our land. It will be interesting to see how the DOJ and Attorney General responds to the letter from the authors of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel).