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American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book

American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book

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Ryan Voted against Medical Marijuana. In 2007, Ryan voted against an amendment to protect state laws that allow the use
of medical marijuana. The amendment was an attempt to bar the use of funds in the Commerce-Justice-Science
Appropriations bill to prevent the implementation of state laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical reasons in certain
states. The amendment was defeated 165-262. [Roll Call 733, H 3093, 07/25/2007; Congressional Quarterly]

Ryan Opposed Medical Marijuana in 2005. In 2005, Ryan voted against an amendment to undercut a Supreme Court
decision that the government can prosecute medical marijuana users, even when state laws permit doctor-prescribed use of the
drug. Specifically, the proposal would have blocked the Justice Department from prosecuting people in the 10 states where the
practice was legal including Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and
Washington State. Advocates argued that marijuana was the only way that many chronically ill people, such as AIDS and
cancer patients, could relieve their symptoms. Opponents said the amendment would undercut efforts to combat marijuana
abuse and argued that Marinol, a government-approved prescription drug that contains the active ingredient in marijuana,
offers comparable relief. The amendment was rejected, 161-264. [Roll Call 255, H 2862, 06/15/2005; AP, 6/15/05]

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