Medical marijuana protections are backed by US senators in spending bill

Members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee this week included key protections for medical marijuana businesses in a spending bill widely recognized to be a must-pass step by the entire chamber.

The Senate panel’s action is the latest sign of widening political support for states’ rights to legalize and regulate cannabis without meddling by the federal government.

The protective speech, based on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, bars the Department of Justice – and the Drug Enforcement Administration – from using federal money to interfere with state medical marijuana programs.

This ’s includes the prosecution of state-licensed MMJ businesses.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies gave initial approval to the speech on Tuesday, while a final vote is slated for Thursday, Forbes reported.

While the provision was in law since 2014 – initially called the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment – it’s had to be revived because it’s tied into the annual budget.

The House Appropriations Committee also accepted a parallel step in its spending bill last month.

Neither of the bills, however, protect recreational marijuana companies from prosecution by federal agents.

Published at Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:20:46 +0000

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