Federal spending deal protects medical marijuana, blocks legalization in D.C.; Rose Law Group Partner Ryan Hurley says move is “common sense’

Larry Harvey (L) alongside Rep. Sam Farr, Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access, and Rep. Paul Broun during press conference. Harvey is being federally prosecuted after roughly complying with Washington state's medical marijuana law.
Larry Harvey (L) alongside Rep. Sam Farr, Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access, and Rep. Paul Broun during press conference. Harvey is being federally prosecuted after roughly complying with Washington state’s medical marijuana law.

By Steven Nelson | US News & World Report

The $1.1 trillion federal spending package unveiled Tuesday evening after backdoor negotiations would end the federal crackdown on state-sanctioned medical marijuana, but also contains language appearing to block legalization of the drug in the District of Columbia.

Lawmakers must pass the package negotiated by Congressional leaders by Thursday to avoid a partial government shutdown. There’s no indication it will be voted down.

The medical marijuana-protecting language replicates the so-called Rohrabacher amendment, which passed the House in a surprisingly broad 219-189 vote on May 30.

The reform, authored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., would ban the Department of Justice from using appropriated funds to target medical marijuana in states that permit it.

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Comment by Rose Law Group Partner Ryan Hurley: “Finally we have some common sense from Congress regarding medical marijuana. With nearly 80% of the public in favor of letting states decide the issue of medical marijuana, this reform to prevent funds from being used to prosecute patients and their providers is long over due.”

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