To keep the government operational, Donald Trump signed Congress’ federal funding bill yesterday. By doing so, the President signed into law a provision that prevents Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the rest of the Department of Justice from spending funds to suppress medical marijuana businesses in states that have voted to legalize.
But despite signing off on the budget bill, Trump has already fired back at the pot protection stipulation, claiming his presidential power gives him the authority to supersede the Congressional rule. According to the Hill, Trump released a “signing statement” shortly after passing the legislation suggesting a continued threat of federal cannabis enforcement.
“Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility,” his statement reads.
The MMJ protection clause was widely heralded by cannabis industry insiders still on edge from Sessions’ comments earlier this year – when the nation’s top cop compared weed to heroin and threatened…