Federal Amendment to Protect State Hemp Laws Passes U.S. House of Representatives

hempfieldIn addition to cutting the DEA’s budget and protecting state medical cannabis laws, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a federal appropriations bill that would prevent the government from interfering with state-sanctioned laws that allow for the cultivation of industrial hemp. The vote was 282 to 146.

The amendment, which was added to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, was introduced by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Thomas Massie (R-KY). A similar provision was passed by Congress last year, though that amendment only applied to hemp being cultivated for research purposes.

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U.S. House Votes to Prevent Government from Interfering with State Medical Cannabis Laws

usWith a 242 to 186 vote, the United States House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a federal spending bill that would prevent the federal government from interfering with state-sanctioned medical cannabis programs.

The amendment, introduced by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA), was added to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. It explicitly prohibits the Department of Justice, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from using any funding to interfere in the implementation of laws legalizing medical cannabis at the state-level.

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U.S. House Committee Approves Bill Directing the DEA to Streamline Cannabis Research Approval Process

marijuana2008The United States House Appropriations Committee has voted to approve legislation that would direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to determine a plan for accelerating the approval process for those wanting to study cannabis.

Specifically, the provision – which is attached to a federal spending bill – mandates the agency to “review all relevant DEA rules governing research on the medical efficacy of marijuana and determine ways to facilitate further research through¬†streamlining the DEA approval process.”

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