I am a marijuana lobbyist who just helped secure the first-ever congressional victory for medical marijuana. Ask me anything!
Thanks so much for chatting today and for all the great questions! If you'd like some more background on the shifting political dynamics around marijuana legalization, check out my post at marijuana.com: http://marijuana.com/news/2014/05/medical-marijuana-vote-in-congress-dc-insider-analysis/
My name is Aaron Houston and I've been lobbying Congress to reform marijuana laws for over a decade. I currently serve as a strategist for WeedMaps and sit on the board of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously I have worked for organizations like Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
This month, thanks to the efforts of organizations like these, the U.S. House voted 219-189 to pass an amendment that would prevent the DEA from spending any money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. We are now working to get the Senate to adopt similar language. At the same time, we are also working to pass more state laws that allow medical marijuana or end prohibition outright for all adults, and we're doing what we can to push the Obama administration to continue evolving on this issue.
There's a lot of marijuana policy news and developments happening all the time, and I look forward to your questions about whatever is on your mind. Ask me anything!
Here's my proof, by the way: http://imgur.com/zSbf6TE