May 26th, 2011, 12:06 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, is helping lead a bipartisan charge toward federal recognition of legal medical marijuana, co-signing two bills introduced in Congress on Wednesday.

The States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act would immunize medical marijuana purveyors and users from federal prosecution if they are in compliance with state laws. It is authored by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and co-sponsored by Reps. Rohrabacher; Pete Stark, D-Fremont; and Jared Polis, D-Col.

“The time has come for the federal government to stop preempting states’ medical marijuana laws,” Frank said in a press release from Stark’s office. “For the federal government to come in and supersede state law is a real mistake for those in pain for whom nothing else seems to work.”

The Small Business Tax Equity Act would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to use the same business-expense deductions on federal tax returns as are allowed for other businesses. It is authored by Stark and co-sponsored by Rohrabacher, Frank, Polis and Ron Paul, R-Tex.

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