Republican Congressman confesses using Medical Marijuana in Office

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on May 26, 2016.

In his surprising revelation, a GOP congressman from California Dana Rohrabacher on Tuesday confessed that he recently used a topical wax-based treatment containing medical marijuana to ease his arthritis pain.

While speaking to a group of marijuana activists, Rohrabacher said that he has been an avid surfer for about three decades but had not been able to enjoy the sport for about a year and a half due to arthritis pain he’s developed in his shoulder. His arthritis pain became so severe that it has disrupted his sleep, he said.

The lawmaker finally tried the product a couple of weeks ago, and that was “the first time in a year and a half that I had a decent night’s sleep because the arthritis pain is gone.”

“Now don’t tell anybody I broke the law, they’ll bust down my door and take whatever’s inside and use it as evidence against me, whatever it is,” Rohrabacher said. “The bottom line is, there’s definitely cannabis in there and it makes sure that I can sleep now.”

Rohrabacher is a vocal supporter on overhauling marijuana laws in the U.S. Congress. He's the architect of a provision in federal law that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state-level medical marijuana operations.

Though medical marijuana is illegal at the federal level in the US, it is legal in 24 states, while four states such as Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington as well as Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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