Jeff Sessions Gets Zero Dollars To Attack State Marijuana Laws
Nice try, assh*le.
On Sunday night, Congress agreed on a $1 trillion-plus budget deal, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown and allocating funds for the final months of this fiscal year. As part of the deal, Congress included the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents the federal government from intervening in state medical marijuana laws. That means U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions—epitome of all that is un-chill—can keep his sticky fingers out of states’ rights to toke up and/or treat a host of qualifying conditions with medical marijuana.
Effectively denying the Justice Department funds to meddle with mmj dealings, the provision reads as follows:
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.
As noted by Huffington Post, this provision signals a general disinterest among congressmen when it comes to overseeing marijuana laws on a federal level. The denial of federal funds to-be-used in enforcing federal marijuana laws in states with enacted medical marijuana programs is a major blow to Sessions, who has compared the herb to heroin and held a Senate hearing to remind everyone that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
As a result of this budget deal, neither Trump nor Sessions will be able to do very much to mess with state marijuana laws, at least until the fiscal year ends in September.
So don’t take off your activist hats just yet, dear cannabis defenders. You’ve still got plenty of work to do.