Congress Temporarily Extends Medical Marijuana Protections – News

As part of a rush to provide $15.3 billion of disaster relief for areas on the verge of ruins by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Congress has extended the medical marijuana protections known as the Roharabacher-Farr amendment through the beginning of December.

A report from Marijuana Business Daily indicates that that the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents the Justice Department and its cronies at the DEA from using federal tax dollars to prosecute the medical marijuana community, has been given at least a few more months of action.

The protections have been “extended through Dec. 8,” U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon told the news source in an emailed statement.

It was revealed late last week that Rohrabacher-Farr was at risk of being snuffed out of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The House Rules Committee deemed the proposal “out of order,” refusing to let it go before the full House for a vote. It was a move that rattled people and businesses connected to the medical marijuana industry, as the elimination of this rider would give U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session all the power he needs to impose his cannabis crackdown.

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