Oregon Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer put forth legislation Monday that would allow states to legalize medicinal marijuana, and end the legislative gray area that currently exists for the 18 states and DC that have already legalized medical marijuana.

Though the proposed law does not call for national legalization, it does clear a path for the FDA to eventually legalize the medicinal use of marijuana in the future. The proposed law would also stop federal agencies from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in the 18 states and DC that have already legalized the drug.

Representative Blumenauer defended his proposed legislation as a way to solve the legislative confusion at a press conference outside the capitol.

Frankly, the people in the federal hierarchy are in an impossible position. It gets the federal government and the Department of Justice out of this never-never land.