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.
This past Monday, the Florida Supreme Court approved a ballot measure to make medical marijuana legal in the state.
Public opinion has shifted considerably on legalizing pot in the last two decades.
HSBC enabled drug cartels to wash their billions of tear- and blood-soaked dollars through its global operations, and they aren't the only bank involved.
Once consigned to the political fringe, marijuana policy is appearing on legislative agendas around the country thanks to an energized base of supporters.
Nearly 2,000 federal prisoners will be eligible for early release as result of a bill that changes the sentencing for crack cocaine to be closer to the penalties for powdered cocaine.
The NAACP put forth a resolution publically calling an end to the failed 40-year drug war, started in 1971 at the behest of President Nixon.
Public opinion on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border is reacting angrily to a program called Operation Fast and Furious, through which the ATF deliberately allowed thousands of automatic weapons to be smuggled into Mexico
Chicago's top cop says current gun policies facilitate illegal gun trafficking, and equal "government-sponsored racism."
According to some recent news stories we all may be swallowing computer chips in the near future.