420 with CNW – Congress Passes Amendment Shielding State Cannabis Programs from Federal Interference

August 5, 2020 03:25:45

As July drew to a close, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an amendment that would protect all state, territory and tribal marijuana programs from federal interference. Sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Tom McClintock, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Barbara Lee, the measure would prevent the Department of Justice from using its funds to impede the implementation of cannabis legalization laws. It was passed in a 254-163 vote on the floor and it builds on an existing, more limited provision to shield only state medical cannabis laws from federal interference.

As more and more states have legalized either medical or recreational cannabis over the years, attitudes have slowly shifted in favor of cannabis, says Blumenauer. “The federal government, sadly, is still trapped by the dead hand of Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, declaring cannabis a schedule 1 controlled substance.” Blumenauer also discussed separate House-passed legislation…


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