The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The measure now heads to the Democratic Senate.
Once consigned to the political fringe, marijuana policy is appearing on legislative agendas around the country thanks to an energized base of supporters.
Protesters, many of them medical marijuana users, massed in downtown Oakland to protest the raiding by federal agents of Oaksterdam University, which trains workers for the medical marijuana industry.
Several aldermen announced they plan to introduce an ordinance to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana caught on people by the police.
Voters returned decidely mixed results from the nine propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot.
If you want voters to pay attention to propositions, try putting one on the ballot to legalize pot.
OAKLAND, Calif. - With a City Council vote July 27, Oakland became the first U.S. city to authorize industrial-scale production of medical marijuana.
The Department of Justice yesterday ordered its lawyers to cease prosecution of people who use or prescribe medical marijuana in states that have legalized the drug for that purpose.