House Votes To Block Federal Interference Of Legal Cannabis

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Under the amendment’s provisions, taxpayer dollars may not be used to enforce federal marijuana laws for activities that are legal under state, tribal, or territorial laws. The roll-call vote came late Thursday, with the House voting to approve the amendment by a margin of 254 to 163. The prohibition on enforcement would apply to both medical marijuana operations and those related to cannabis for use by adults. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to a defense spending bill that prohibits the federal government from spending money on investigating and prosecuting cannabis activities that are legal under state or tribal law. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, who is opposed to the measure, called for a roll-call vote to finalize its approval.

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to a defense spending bill that prohibits the federal government from spending money on investigating and prosecuting cannabis activities that are legal under state or tribal law. The wide-ranging amendment, proposed by Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, is similar to spending restrictions placed on federal agencies to protect legal cannabis that have been passed each year since 2014.

“This is the most significant vote on marijuana policy reform...

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