The new budget includes a provision called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that allows states to continue to craft their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention. Here’s the full text of the marijuana provision:
“None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
While this isn’t unusual (lawmakers have continuously renewed the medical marijuana provision in every budget since it first passed in 2014) it does seem to demonstrate that Congress isn’t interested in creeping in on state marijuana laws under the Trump administration.
However, Sessions could still technically go after states that have legalized recreational marijuana because they are not shielded by the language in the budget bill.
Currently, though medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia (and 16 states have laws allowing limited use of cannabidiol or CBD) it is still illegal at the federal level. Again, this is good news but our time to stop working, to stop being vigilant, has not yet come.
Source: Huffington Post