House Votes To Extend Medical Marijuana Protections Through December 22

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In 2014 a very important measure was implemented at the federal level – the Farr-Rohrabacher Amendment. The Farr-Rohrabacher Amendment (now known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment) prohibits the United States Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with state medical cannabis laws. Case law backs up the Blumenauer-Rohrabacher Amendment. It is set to expire tomorrow, but it appears that the House of Representatives has approved an extension of the measure through December 22nd.

The measure now moves to the Senate, where it will hopefully pass. December 22nd is not much of an extension, but it is better than no protections being in place at all. Below is more about today’s vote via an e-mail alert I received from Representative Blumenauer’s office:

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to extend protections for state medical marijuana programs through December 22. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, was continued in legislation to fund the government for two weeks. This short-term funding legislation now advances to the Senate.

Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and champion of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, released the following statement:

“While we are pleased that these critical protections will continue, two weeks is not enough certainty for the millions of Americans who rely on medical marijuana for treatment and the businesses who serve them. As Congress works out a long-term funding bill, it must also include these protections. And ultimately, Congress must act to put an end to the cycle of uncertainty and permanently protect state medical marijuana programs—and adult use—from federal interference. The American people have spoken. It’s past time that Congress catch up.”

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