Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended, Again

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Should Sessions crackdown, we are confident that we would win a court challenge, given previous rulings on this very question. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”Under this mentality, Attorney General Jeff Sessions could move in to shut down medical marijuana facilities at any point. The threat of Sessions on one side and medical patients in a state-lawful system trying to alleviate their suffering.Further, Congressional leadership must reauthorize this language as part of the forthcoming appropriations in order for the provisions to stay in effect in any new spending deal. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , Last July, Sen.

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WASHINGTON, DC — After a brief government shutdown, congressional leadership voted to enact a six-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through March 23, 2018.

The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date.

The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

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Without these protections, medical cannabis cultivators and dispensaries exist with a greater threat than normal of federal enforcement of national prohibition, yet the certainty that these protections will be honored have been in doubt throughout the entire Trump administration.

When President Trump signed the first Continuing...

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