420 with CNW – Senate Approves Bill Banning Feds from Interfering in Medical Marijuana State Programs
On Thursday, the Senate passed the spending legislation which has a provision that ensures that medical marijuana states are protected from federal interference. However, the question on everyone’s mind is if the bill will be signed into law once it gets to the president’s office. The spending legislation is also referred to as minibus appropriation as it covers funding for Agriculture, commerce, Environment, Food, and Drug Administration, Housing, Interior, Justice, Military Construction, Rural Development, Science, Veteran Affairs, Transportation and Urban Development for the 2020 financial year. The vote on the bill was overwhelming, with 84 in favor vs. 9 votes against. The legislation also had language related to new hemp and CBD. The legislation prohibits the Department of Justice from using its resources to persecute persons whose actions comply with state marijuana regulations. In June, the House approved the Justice Department Appropriation bill which would extend protection to all Cannabis programs including recreational use and sale in the legalized states in the U.S. Marijuana advocates are hopeful that the Senators will approve the legislation; however, in an interview with some media outlets, some Senators said that it is unlikely for the added policies to be adopted because of the bicameral…
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