South Florida delegation splits over keeping federal government out of state medical marijuana decisions

In the wee hours of the morning Friday, the U.S. House voted to stop the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

South Florida’s members of Congress split on the amendment, which prohibits the Department of Justice, including the DEA, from spending funds to prevent states from implementing their own medical marijuana laws.

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel, both Democrats who represent parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat who represents northern Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, voted for the amendment (meaning they voted to stop the feds from raiding state sanctioned medical marijuana dispensaries).

U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson, both Democrats who represent parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican who represent parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, all voted no.

The roll call shows U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat representing Broward and Palm Beach counties, was not voting.

The amendment to H.R. 4660, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., passed 219-189.

The yes votes came from 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats, according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project.

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, a Miami-Dade County Democrat, voted "yes." U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami-Dade Republican, did not vote.