Key federal marijuana protection extended through April

It looks as though the medical cannabis industry is safe. For now.

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate approved a stopgap federal spending measure to fund the government through April 28, Reuters reported. Included in the bill – a continuing resolution that essentially reapproves last year’s federal spending bill – is an important piece of legislation for those in the marijuana business.

The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the federal government from spending any money to interfere with state medical marijuana programs, was among the provisions renewed until April 28. That renewal means pro-cannabis forces have a major piece of ammunition in case Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions – who will likely be the next U.S. attorney general – decides to pick a fight over state marijuana laws.

The Marijuana Policy Project issued a statement Saturday hailing the measure’s renewal as another temporary victory, saying Sessions “will not be able to go after lawful medical marijuana patients and entities for several months.”

But, as MPP noted, the future is far from certain, and the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment will either have to be reapproved by Congress by April 28 to be included in the next spending bill, or passed as a stand-alone bill.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, has told Marijuana Business Daily he is confident the amendment will be renewed by Congress and hopes it will be expanded to protect all state marijuana laws – both medical and recreational – from federal interference.

One comment on “Key federal marijuana protection extended through April
  1. William James Agee on

    In the White House News Briefing Mr. Spicer supports states handle their own domestic agenda (transgender restrooms). Isn’t the State Medical Marijuana Programs and the Recreational Legislation directives under state control via authorized federal guidelines, or am I missing something here? We need to direct our attention on passing decriminalization legislation and removing Cannabis from the Schedule I Narcotic List. Focusing our efforts on the positive aspects of Cannabis, the positive factors are staggering to say the least.. from economical to medical. We have much bigger issues facing this country than smoking weed. Let us focus on Drug Cartels, Cocaine, Heroin and prescription drug problems and direct our resources in a useful manner. We need to prioritize our agenda to “Make This Country Strong Again” and stop wasting our time and resources on The Cannabis Enigma. I live in Richmond, KY and we had 9 heroin overdoses in three days. That is a staggering fact for my community to rationalize, prompting local government, law enforcement and medical facilities to re-evaluate and plan for something that our community just isn’t used to. Our religious organizations also rallied to join the multitude of forces to address this issue. This is our primary priority at the moment as a community and we are addressing the issue head on from every possible angle. Now, let’s encourage our leader’s in Washington to prioritize our nation’s agenda and approach it with the same intensity. Let state deal with state issues, federal with federal issues, and pass legislation that is effective and supports both on a bi-partisan basis. This is my personal opinion and I authorize it to be released in any positive manner. I truly hope this message is posted or relayed to an affiliate that will post it. Thank you and have a nice day!


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