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GOP Congressman confesses to using marijuana in office, looks to overturn federal prohibition

 Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) may look like your average Republican congressman, but don’t let his appearance deceive you. He’s personal friends with Dan Bilzerian, the first congressman in decades to admit he uses marijuana, and he is on a one man mission to protect states that have legalized pot.

The Washington Post reported that Rohrabacher told a group of marijuana activists that he regularly uses the plant for medical purposes.

Rohrabacher suffers from arthritis pain and told activists that the only thing that helped was a topical wax made from marijuana, which relieved his agony almost instantly.

That night was “the first time in a year and a half that I had a decent night’s sleep because the arthritis pain was gone,” Rohrabacher told the group.

The California congressman has become the leading conservative voice for reforming the way the federal government deals with pot. Back in 2013, he wrote a law prohibiting the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana operations.

Medical marijuana is legal in California but illegal under federal law, making the congressman openly in conflict with the federal government.

Rohrabacher understands that the current laws need to be reformed in order to at least protect medical patients, and possibly change the justice system. His efforts could lead to the first substantial change in the U.S. drug policy.

Sometimes Baby Boomers can learn a thing or two in their old age.

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