State-legal marijuana program protections head to full US House

A key legislative panel advanced an amendment to the full House for consideration that would protect all state-legal cannabis programs from interference by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The U.S. House Rules Committee cleared the amendment for a full House vote as it passed the fiscal year 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill by an 8-4 margin late Tuesday.

The spending bill also includes a provision that would prohibit the Justice Department from using funds to go after state-legal medical cannabis businesses.

The amendment to protect the lawful adult-use industry as well as MMJ programs was submitted by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, and Tom McClintock, a California Republican.

A Blumenauer amendment that would prevent the Justice Department from cracking down on Veterans Affairs doctors who recommend medical cannabis in lawful states also is heading to the full House for a vote.

Spending bill provisions offer protections for only a year, however.

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

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5 comments on “State-legal marijuana program protections head to full US House
  1. Leon Harris on

    How to become a grower. The state of Alabama keeping it among the select few. This is how the system works in this State and others. I am sure.

  2. Judy holland on

    I really think marijuana should be legalized for medical conditions in every state. It’s better than all the pills that are being handed out for pain and other conditions.

  3. David on

    Yeah, they will have only a few of the “established” farmers (which mean the richest) to grow. I feel sure that the dispensaries will be state ran, or the taxes and permits fines and fees we be so high that only the rich can afford the play “hippie”.

  4. Michael s smith on

    I’m a disabled Vietnam vet I think pot should be legal for everyone 21 years old.i also think that vets in extreme pain should be able to get pain meds.they took mine away.i suffer 24hrs a day.

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