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Bentz raises alarm about cartels as House votes to decriminalize marijuana

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, speaks at an Ontario Chamber of Commerce luncheon earlier this year. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate.

The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Three Republicans joined all but two Democrats in approving the measure.

Matt Gaetz and Brian Mast of Florida and Tom McClintock of California were the Republicans who voted yes. Chris . . .