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Omnibus Budget Restricts Sessions and DOJ In MMJ States

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions may believe that “good people don’t smoke pot,” but a new spending package approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday demonstrates the majority of congressional representatives believe medical marijuana states need protection from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Passed by a vote of 309 -118, the compromise bill to fund the government through September includes the extension of an unambiguous provision that keeps the DOJ from attacking stakeholders within medical marijuana states.

Included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus that ends September 30th is the renewed Rohrabacher-Farr amendment — now called the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment — which explicitly restricts the Department of Justice from utilizing any allocated funds to go after state-sanctioned medical marijuana cultivators, dispensaries, or patients.

Protected Medical Marijuana States

Photo courtesy of the Denver Post

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment: “None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,…

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