Marijuana Amendments

House Rules Committee Cuts Marijuana Amendments from House Bill

The U.S. House Committee on Rules has removed several cannabis-related amendments from a federal appropriations bill. Included among them is the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. The moves by the GOP-led committee late on Wednesday mean that a number of amendments protecting current and future cannabis laws by states will not get a vote on the House floor. Of those removed, the most notable are the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. It bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to sabotage or interfere in any way with existing medical marijuana laws in legal states. Before Republican Sam Farr retired, the amendment was Rohrabacher-Farr. It has been in effect since 2014, when the House voted 219-189 in favor of it. Then in 2015, the House approved it again by a 242-186 majority vote. Omnibus spending legislation has been extending it ever since, but it is set to expire by this month’s end. Removal of medical marijuana …

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