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President Trump Signs Bill Protecting State Medical Marijuana Laws

President Donald Trump has signed into law a spending bill that protects state medical marijuana laws.

The omnibus spending bill signed into law today by President Trump includes a provision that prevents the Department of Justice – which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – from arresting or prosecuting patients, caregivers, and businesses that are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. The bill is effective through the end of September, meaning lawmakers will need to pass a new measure before the end of the year to keep the protections in place.

The protections stem from an amendment originally sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and former Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), which was first approved by the House in May 2014. It was approved again by a larger margin in June 2015, then included in the continuing appropriations packages that have funded the federal government since October 2016. Although many cannabis advocates feared that Trump’s Administration would work to remove the medical marijuana protections, they instead have embraced it.

The spending bill signed into law by President Trump also protects state-level hemp laws.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. Jj Walker

    Why are all the pot sticks going down?

  2. lovingc

    The fake president now clams he is above the law. Somebody forcibly disabuse him of that notion. This clown is in the process of destroying the country.

    1. MadMan

      You’re the clown!

  3. Anonymous

    I have CMT And need it.

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