Medical cannabis patients scored another big victory today when the US House of Representatives voted 242 to 186 (the largest Congressional vote for medical cannabis yet) to prevent the Department of Justice from spending any money to interfere in the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.

When approved by the Senate and signed by the President, the amendment by California Representatives Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr will extend the existing prohibition on federal interference, which would have expired in September.

This latest vote is important because it will help to prevent federal interference while Congress debates the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015 (CARERS). That landmark legislation will finally recognize state medical cannabis laws, reschedule medical cannabis, allow veterans to use medical cannabis, and more.