We’ve explained many times that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no friend of marijuana. He’s been looking to ramp up the War on Drugs lately, but it looks like he won’t be able to go after medical marijuana. That’s because the spending bill that just passed the House and the Senate doesn’t allow the Department of Justice to use any money it gets to go after medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.
“Congress appears to be growing increasingly comfortable with states adopting their own marijuana policies,” Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, spending prohibitions like these expire at the end of the fiscal year, so there is still a need for a long-term solution.”
Congress could change its mind next year and decide to let the DOJ prosecute marijuana businesses and patients, so it’s crucial that we get a permanent fix.
“The time is right for Congress to adopt permanent legislation that protects individuals from federal enforcement if they are in compliance with state laws,” Capecchi said. “It is difficult to understand what they’re waiting for. The vast majority of U.S. voters oppose the federal government interfering in state marijuana laws, and there is now near-universal support for legalizing medical marijuana.”
Congress would be smart to defend medical marijuana, considering 93 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing it.
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