Medical Marijuana Laws

Debt Deal Extends Protections of Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Agreement

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been harassing the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer agreement obsessively of late, and indeed, for most of his time in office. Back in May, he wrote Congress a letter requesting authorization for the Justice Department to override state marijuana laws and prosecute those operating state-legal businesses, in essence riding roughshod over state and individual rights. Formerly the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, before Farr retired earlier this year, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer clause protects medical marijuana programs in legal states from federal intrusion. It bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to target them in any way. Cannabis remains an illegal substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and therefore prohibited by federal law. Fortunately, events of the past few weeks have left medical protections in place for another three months. Medical cannabis patients, cultivators, and dispensaries do not need to fear Jeff Sessions or any federal crackdowns for at least …

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