Congressional Lawmakers Seek Broad Marijuana Protections For Legal States In Key Spending Bill Coming Next Week

Congressional Lawmakers Seek Broad Marijuana Protections For Legal States In Key Spending Bill Coming Next Week
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Congressional lawmakers are urging House leaders to include broad protections for states, territories and tribes that choose to legalize marijuana as part of a key spending bill that’s expected to be introduced next week. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with 44 of their colleagues, recently sent a letter calling on the chairman and ranking member of an appropriations subcommittee to address the issue through the must-pass legislation. The letter, which was shared with Marijuana Moment, includes three sections of language that the lawmakers hope to see in the base spending bill for the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS). In general, the proposals would block “the Department of Justice from prosecuting those who comply with their state or tribal marijuana laws,” the lawmakers wrote. A rider preventing DOJ from using its federal funds to interfere in the implementation of medical cannabis legalization has been annually renewed since 2014, but they’re pushing for broader protections in the CJS appropriations measure. Here’s the main section that the lawmakers have requested:  “None of the funds made available by this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana.” Most legalization laws at the state level “were decided by ballot initiatives,” the four dozen lawmakers said. “The federal government should not interfere with these programs and the will of the citizens of these states.” For the past two fiscal years, the House has attached the sweeping protections to its version of the appropriations legislation as an amendment adopted on the floor, but it’s yet to be incorporated into…

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