A Republican Congress member just admitted to using medical marijuana while in office
A Republican Congress member just admitted to breaking federal law.
At a marijuana conference on Tuesday, US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, admitted he tried medical marijuana to try to alleviate arthritis pain from a lifetime of surfing.
“I haven’t been able to go surfing for a year and a half, and I’ve been in severe pain,” he said. “And you know what? I tried [a marijuana-infused topical preparation] about two weeks ago, and it’s the first time … in a year and a half that I had a decent night’s sleep, because the arthritis pain was gone.”
This is technically illegal under federal law. Although California allows medical pot, the federal government still considers it a controlled substance with no medical value. So Rohrabacher broke federal law.
He alluded to this, joking, “Now, don’t tell anybody I broke the law. They’ll bust down my door.”
Of course, Rohrabacher isn’t alone in using marijuana to effectively treat his pain, with nearly half of states now allowing medical pot. The best review of the research to date on medical marijuana, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at 79 studies that tested cannabis’s medicinal effectiveness among nearly 6,500 patients. It found solid evidence for medical cannabis to treat pain and muscle spasms.