The federal government may soon have less control over medical marijuana.
The Republican-led House voted late Thursday, May 30, to prohibit the federal government from interfering with states’ medical marijuana laws, Vox reports.
The 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget, according to the Associated Press. The amendment was made by Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican representative from California.
The vote made history as the first time in history that a chamber of Congress has acted to protect medical marijuana users and businesses, Vox reports.
The measure will require approval from the Democrat-led Senate and President Barack Obama.
Does this vote surprise you? Do you think it will ultimately pass? Should the federal government have control over states’ medical marijuana laws, or should states be allowed to operate without interference?