Congress Will Not Fund Sessions’ War On Medical Marijuana

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Lawmakers seem to be accepting that the war on drugs has been a terrible failure, and now they have refused to fund the war on medical marijuana.

Multiple bills in Congress have cropped up in recent months aiming to protect medical marijuana and reschedule cannabis, if not legalize it altogether, reported Mint Press News.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to go after marijuana users, and his lack of knowledge has led him to believe “marijuana is only slightly less awful than heroin.” Sessions also said, while states can pass their own laws, “…it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

Sessions has been widely criticized for his views that are not consistent with the movement of the country towards legalization of the medicinal plant. Legalization seems to be the will of the people in many states, so it seems logical that Sessions would want that to be fulfilled, but that is not the case.

Congress’ recently unveiled budget provides exactly zero dollars for the DOJ to have medical marijuana raids across the country.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment “allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention,” the Huffington Post reported.

The amendment reads:

“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.”

The bill is expected to pass this week and will fund the government through September. Congress is also moving to provide protections for hemp.

Congress has made some surprising moves with this budget. Not only refusing to fund medical marijuana raids, but also increasing science budgets even though Trump told them to cut science.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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