Will Congress Renew Medical Marijuana Protections? – News

Congress is expected next month to, once again, renew a popular amendment that prevents the Justice Department and its cronies over at the DEA from using federal tax dollars to raid and prosecute the medical marijuana community. But that doesn’t mean a legion of advocates supporting the movement aren’t still concerned that the influence of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could end up spoiling the whole deal.

Although the suits on Capitol Hill have tendered their support for the protections known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment for the past three years, the rider must be renewed every budget cycle to remain effective. The current version is set to expire in September.

Under normal circumstances, the amendment would likely be restored without much debate, but over the past few months, Sessions has actively been trying to convince Congress to eliminate the protections from the 2018 budget.

“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” Sessions wrote in a recent letter to…

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