The budget resolution released on Sunday April 29, included the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. This amendment was introduced in 2014, and has been renewed to continue coverage through September of this year.
The amendment restricts the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement agency from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana and industrial hemp laws.
This is good news for medical marijuana providers and patients; however, it would be nice to see a more permanent solution.
The co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, Congressman Earl Blumenauer had this to say:
“Medical marijuana patients and the businesses that support them now have a measure of certainty. But this annual challenge must end. We need permanent protections for state-legal medical marijuana programs, as well as adult-use.”
Many medical marijuana patients were worried how the Trump administration would handle this situation. Although this is a good sign for them, unfortunately the amendment doesn’t protect the federal agencies from coming after recreational shops. Eyes are on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an outspoken critic of marijuana, to see how he will treat state’s recreational laws.