Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging House and Senate leadership to continue state medical marijuana protections in any legislation to fund the government beyond December 8, 2017. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer provision prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
In a letter to Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi and Leader Schumer, the lawmakers wrote: “The provision, which first became law in December 2014, has successfully protected patients, providers, and businesses against federal prosecution, so long as they act within the confines of their state’s medical marijuana laws. These protections extend to 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, all of which allow some form of medical marijuana that is strictly prohibited by the federal government—from CBD oils to the full plant. The language is supported by a bipartisan majority of the House, last passing as a standalone provision by a vote of 242-186 in 2015.”
The full text of the letter is below. Click here for an electronic copy.
November 28, 2017
The Honorable Paul Ryan The Honorable Mitch