Saturday, February 10, 2018
Latest spending stopgap extends limit on DOJ funding for medical marijuana prosecutions though March 23, 2018
As reported here under the headline "Federal medical cannabis protection extended again," the stop-gap federal funding approach to stopping possible federal prosecution of state-compliant medical marijuana providers:
The only federal law formally preventing the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting medical marijuana businesses has once more been given a new lease on life. This time, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment – formerly known as Rohrabacher-Farr – has been extended until March 23 under the budget deal passed by Congress and signed Friday morning by President Donald Trump....
Rohrabacher-Blumenauer prohibits the DOJ from using federal funds to interfere with state-legal MMJ laws and companies. The measure does not protect recreational marijuana businesses....
It’s possible the amendment will be included in a larger spending package that is expected to be approved by March 23. But there’s no guarantee at this point, given a change in procedural rules in the House of Representatives last year that has prevented amendments like Rohrabacher-Blumenauer from being added to the budget.