For the first time ever, Congress has taken action to protect medical marijuana users and the legal dispensaries where they get their prescriptions filled.

In the wee hours of last night, the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Agency from raiding medical marijuana activities in states where it is legal.

In a bipartisan vote of 219-189, 170 Democrats joined 49 Republicans and the bill’s sponsor Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

The law would block the Justice Department from using federal dollars to interfere with medical marijuana operations that are legal in almost half of states in the country.

(READ more from MSNBC)

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