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GOP congressman admits he uses medical marijuana to treat his arthritis

This Wednesday, California GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher admitted that he uses medical marijuana to treat his arthritis as he serves his time as a congressman in Washington D.C.

This Wednesday, California GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher admitted to the Washington Post that he uses medical marijuana to treat his arthritis as he serves his time as a congressman in D.C.

The treatment, which Rohrabacher began about two weeks ago, is a topical “wax-based” cannabis product.

“I haven’t been able to go surfing for a year-and-a-half and I’ve been in severe pain because I spent all my time doing that [demonstrates a paddling motion] which I can barely do now,” he said according to Cannabis Radio.

“I went to one of those hemp fests in San Bernardino,” Rohrabacher continued. “And you know what? I tried it about two weeks ago, and it’s the first time … in a year-and-a-half that I’ve had a decent night’s sleep, because the arthritis pain was gone.”

He acknowledged that he knowingly did something illegal.

“Now, don’t tell anybody I broke the law,” he said. “They’ll bust down my door and, you know, and take whatever’s inside and it for evidence against me.

The use of medical marijuana is legal in Rohrabacher’s home state of California.

From The Hill:

Rohrabacher previously crafted a provision in federal law preventing the Justice Department from interfering with state-level medical marijuana operations.

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. There is no information as to whether or not Rohrabacher has a medical marijuana card.

Featured image: Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

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