House’s Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote Shocks Even Longtime Supporters

Even longtime supporters of marijuana legalization were surprised early Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted for an amendment that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors from targeting medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

“Quite frankly, many of us who were sponsors of this amendment… didn’t expect to win and were surprised by the margin of that victory this morning,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said at a press conference Friday morning, less than nine hours after the vote.

“While I always knew it would happen sooner than most political observers thought, it’s still hard to believe this just happened,” said Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority.

“Based on our internal whip count I knew there was a chance this might pass, but we had to just about run the table with our swing votes. When I saw the vote total, I was shocked — not so much that it passed, but by the margin,” said Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project. “I figured we might get lucky and pass it by 5-10 votes, but never thought a 30 vote margin was a possibility.”

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.