United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking Congressional leaders not to renew a current federal law that prevents the DOJ from spending money to interfere with state medical Marijuana laws.
The law he is speaking of is known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. This allows states to continue crafting their medical marijuana policies without the federal government intervening. The bill funds the government through the end of September.
The provision states:
“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.”
Congress has been renewing this provision since 2014 in every consecutive budget since e then. However, last month when President Trump signed the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, he issued a signing statement that reserved the right to ignore the medical marijuana protections. And when Trump made his first full budget request to Congress, he did not include an extension of the provision.