After a bill that would have defunded federal medical marijuana raids and that he co-sponsored went down to defeat last week, Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is vowing to keep up the fight.

“It is incomprehensible that the DEA would think that it’s a good use of its resources to arrest and prosecute an American who is using medical marijuana in accordance with state law to relieve their pain and suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis or glaucoma. I’m pleased to see so many of my colleagues vote in support of this amendment to protect states’ rights, but obviously it was not enough,” he continued. “The fight goes on.”

And the fight must go on. Momentum is on our side as more and more people come to support medical marijuana every day. There is still much work to do, but victory is inevitable for patients across the country.

And luckily we have politicians like Maurice Hinchey who are in it for the long haul. Because without elected officials willing to stand up for patients, circumstances would be bleak indeed.

– Joe Klare

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