Surprise Vote in Congress Decides to Protect Legal Cannabis States in the U.S.

Since the beginning of 2018 there has been a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the legal cannabis industry in the United States. In January, Attorney General Jeff Session redacted the Cole Memorandum, an Obama era policy that withheld the federal government from interfering and prosecuting legal recreational and medical cannabis states.

Luckily a number of bipartisan Congress members have now recently become pro-cannabis politicians and are taking a firm stand on protecting states that have passed legally passed cannabis legislation. Just last week, Congress renewed protections for medical and recreational states with a surprise vote. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment will withhold any federally funding to interfere with any legal statewide cannabis programs. These protections will now be upheld through 2019. The amendment will now be voted on by the Senate Appropriations Committee which has a history of voting in favor of the medical cannabis industry.

“Today marks a victory for medical marijuana programs and a loss for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Passage of this amendment through regular order in the appropriations committee represents another big step in the normalization of state level marijuana reform in the Congress of the United States,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in a statement.

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