Citing concerns about resources wasted on the enforcement of an inconsistent patchwork of marijuana regulation, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) plans to introduce a bill that would require the federal government to mirror individual states' pot laws, a spokeswoman for the congressman said.
"It's state-centric," said Communications Director Tara Setmayer.
The crux of the legislation, she said, would still allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to enforce some states' total prohibitions of marijuana, but would stop raids on dispensaries operating according to local law — raids that Rohrabacher considers "overreaches of the federal government."
The move would be consistent with Rohrabacher's longstanding positions on marijuana, Setmayer said.
Rohrabacher also co-sponsored a bill introduced last week that would federally reclassify marijuana for medical use. Right now, pot is a Schedule I drug, meaning that the DEA categorizes it among the most dangerous, highly addictive of controlled substances, which are not allowed for medical use.