A new provision released on Wednesday containing a new must-pass bill will protect medical marijuana – its patients and operators – from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his federal drug agents.
The House is expected to vote on the bill as soon as possible. If approved, the bill will continue protecting an existing provision that bars further federal government interference in legal medical marijuana operations, Forbes reported on Wednesday.
The bill comes after US House leaders snubbed a request by Sessions not to back the continuation of this provision, which has been the federal law since 2014. This policy restricts the US Department of Justice from allocating funds to interfere with fulfilling medical marijuana regulations on a state level.
The provision must be re-approved yearly due to restrictions placed on the Justice Department spending legislation.
Here is the latest version reported by Forbes:
Congress to Protect Medical Marijuana For 2019
Meanwhile, a bipartisan Congress group is stepping up to make sure that medical marijuana protections are included in the Fiscal Year 2019 spending enactment.
Sixty-two legislators wrote a letter to the House provision leaders last week defending the policy, which they believe is consistent with the wishes of the bipartisan majority of the members of the House and the American people.
Some other members also want to protect all state laws including those governing recreational marijuana.
Meanwhile, 59 House members expressed concern about the federal enforcement of its laws, which are blocking implementation of reforms in states where cannabis is legal.
The letter also questioned whether the federal government’s marijuana policy violates the principles of federalism and the Tenth Amendment.