New Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

Generic 22 March 2018 | 0 Comments

As part of the newly proposed appropriations package known as an omnibus bill, a spending restriction upon the Department of Justice from prosecuting state-legal medical marijuana programs will remain in place through the end of September. Known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly states that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state [...]

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Don’t Let Congress Roll Back Marijuana Protections

Generic 21 March 2018 | 0 Comments

One development in our federal government that got a bit lost in the flurry of other headlines this week is that House and Senate leaders are putting the last minute touches on an omnibus appropriations package that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. Something that many in the marijuana policy [...]

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Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again

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After a brief government shutdown, congressional leadership voted to enact a six-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through March 23, 2018. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent [...]

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Medical Cannabis Protections Extended As Part Of Short Term Federal Budget Agreement

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Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) addresses NORML members in September, 2017 A recently approved plan by the members of the US House and Senate to temporarily extend federal funding through February 8, 2018 also extends provisions protecting statewide medical cannabis programs from federal interference. The short-term funding plan authorizes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to remain in place [...]

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What The Government Shutdown Means For Marijuana

Generic 20 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Not much. Temporary medical cannabis patient protections that have been imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment have now expired with the rest of government spending. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession [...]

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