Congressional Emergency Resolution Buys Medical Marijuana Some Time

Medical marijuana received another breath of air from a congressional emergency resolution until January 19, 2018. Federal authorities will have no money to pursue any state legal medical marijuana if they actually decided to prosecute.

Many states, businesses and people worry that Jeff Sessions and the DOJ will raid and prosecute businesses selling medical marijuana at their first opportunity in states that have legalized medical cannabis. Part of the current problem is that Congress needs to pass the country’s budget. Otherwise a government shutdown would provide the opportunity the attorney general may be looking for since the Justice Department is one of the few agencies that would still be operational.

Federal protections for medical marijuana patients are safe for now thanks to an emergency resolution passed by Congress Thursday.

Protections offered under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will need to make it into a final congressional spending package to extend past Jan. 19.

That’s the expiration date of Thursday’s continuing resolution, a temporary measure that keeps the government running while federal lawmakers hash out the details of their 2018 fiscal-year spending plan. President Trump signed the emergency resolution Friday.

While weed remains federally illegal, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment stops the Justice Department from cracking down on patients where state law permits medical marijuana use. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has condemned use of the drug.

The amendment that is just barely protecting medical marijuana from the federal government is simply not enough and needs to be voted upon regularly. Do you think that the amendment will be signed again come January 18th?

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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