Congressional measure offered to shield all state-legal cannabis programs

An amendment that would protect all state-legal cannabis programs from interference by the U.S. Justice Department was submitted for the fiscal year 2020 Commerce-Justice Science spending bill.

The federal funding bill and amendments are scheduled for consideration Tuesday by the U.S. House Rules Committee.

The spending bill already included a provision that would prohibit the Justice Department from using any funds to interfere with state-legal medical marijuana programs.

The House Appropriations Committee advanced that version by a 30-22 vote in late May.

The amendment to protect all state lawful cannabis businesses was put forth by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, and Tom McClintock, a California Republican.

Blumenauer submitted several other cannabis-related amendments, including one that would prevent the Justice Department from interfering with Veterans Affairs doctors who recommend medical cannabis to patients in states with MMJ programs.

For his part, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in his Senate confirmation hearings in January that he would adopt a hands-off approach toward state-legal cannabis programs.

Spending bill provisions offer protections for only a year.

Industry officials are lobbying for more lasting protections for state-legal cannabis programs, such as through the STATES Act.

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12 comments on “Congressional measure offered to shield all state-legal cannabis programs
  1. Richard Johnston on

    There’s a company name American Green. They have a Smart Vending Machine that can be used to dispense & store Cannabis. Not only can These Vending Machines Keep Cannabis from Under Age Kids. These Smart Vending Machines can be used at all VA Hospitals. That means the money our Veterans spend on Cannabis will go back to the VA. That’s something the VA & All States might really want to consider. Ps: “You” Are Welcome. Love Always The Artist “Richard Henry Johnston Jr.”

    • troy on

      Is American green a us public cannabis they offer cbds and are their machines that vend cannabis legal? Great idea for veterans hospitals

    • Ryan on

      Company has literally been a scam since day one. Outstanding share count is in the 29,000,000,000 and they are sitting at .0003, don’t waste your money.

    • nj omdahl on

      Brilliant Mr. Richard Johnston Jr. Since it is important to me and cannabis industry to keep laws salient, especially when it comes to young people as noted above, your remarks are insightful in many ways. Protecting the integrity of the cannabis industry is an added value maneuver.

  2. Jack on

    I agree should have been passed what is the problem out there I have 2 sons fought an need more then Bucket of pills that make worst

  3. Jeff Loy on

    My State, Illinois is passing Recreational 1/ 2020. I’m excited. I suffer from chronic pain from broken back twice, then a head on collision. My opiate meds kick in so much better w/ one hit of good grade weed, twice a day !!!$

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