Bill Provision PROTECTS State Medical Marijuana Laws and

The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed recently by Congress sent the pro-medical marijuana movement a step forward by included several drug reform provisions.

The bill includes language that blocks the Justice Department (JD) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from dedicating resources to interfere with state medical marijuana laws or hemp research projects. [1]

The language originally came from an amendment written by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), which was passed last year, but had to be renewed this year. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

Proponents of medical marijuana praised the amendment.

“The renewal of this amendment should bring relief for medical marijuana patients and business owners,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “For decades Congress has been responsible for passing disastrous drug laws. It’s encouraging to see them starting to

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