March 11, 2005: Headlines: COS - Colombia: Politics: Congress: Marijuana: Medical Marijuana: Santa Cruz Sentinel: Congressman Farr impresses medical-pot advocacy group

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Congressman Farr impresses medical-pot advocacy group

Congressman Farr impresses medical-pot advocacy group

Congressman Farr impresses medical-pot advocacy group

Congressman Farr impresses medical-pot advocacy group
By BRIAN SEALS
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

Well, Farr out.

U.S. Rep. Sam Farrís efforts in the nationís Capitol on medical marijuana policy has garnered the Central Coast congressman an honor from a national advocacy group.

Farr, D-Carmel, is set to be honored by the Marijuana Policy Project when it celebrates its 10th anniversary May 4 in Washington, D.C.

"He has stood up and taken the lead," said Bruce Mirken, the organizationís spokesman. "When someone has taken the lead, we think they deserve some recognition."

While California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996 to allow medical marijuana, the federal government continues to categorize pot as illegal under any situation.

That conflict has been the basis of Farrís work on the issue.

"We do an awful lot of denying people a chance at hope based on political mores," Farr said Thursday, noting the honor has been the source of some ribbing from congressional colleagues. "It is a statesí rights battle. What weíre trying to say is if states pass these laws, the federal government ought to recognize them."

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Farr, along with U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, introduced a resolution in 2003 that would have allowed for a medical-necessity defense in federal marijuana cases.

The measure failed to make it to a floor vote. Farr said he is mulling whether to resubmit the bill, but he knows that may be an uphill battle with a conservative Republican-controlled Congress and a GOP president.

"Itís sort of an exercise in futility with this administration," he said.

Farr also condemned the September 2002 Drug Enforcement Administration raid of the Davenport garden operated by the Santa Cruz area cooperative Wo/Manís Alliance for Medical Marijuana.

"Heís reflecting what is going on in his district," Mirken said.

Also to be honored at the May 4 gala will be talk show host Montel Williams, who uses marijuana to treats multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Another honoree will be Angel Raich, a California medical marijuana user who now has a case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging whether the federal government has authority to regulate medically used pot where money is not exchanged and therefore not an interstate commerce issue under the Constitution.

A West Coast version of the gala is planned in Los Angeles for May 9.

The Marijuana Policy Project works to remove criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.





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