Medical-Marijuana Amendment May Soon Be Under The Gun

It disallowed federal dollars to prosecute businesses in states that have passed cannabis laws

In 1996 California became the first state to legalize cannabis for medical use, and since then, 28 other states have followed suit.  Additionally, since November 2012 eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. In 2014 the Obama administration helped states by passing the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment.

The amendment disallowed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and federal regulators from using federal dollars to prosecute marijuana businesses in states that have passed medical cannabis laws. But this may soon come to an end.

Last week, the House Rules Committee blocked a vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment. Blocking the vote could keep this amendment out of the federal budget for the upcoming year, putting medical-marijuana businesses and distributors at risk of facing federal prosecution from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

What it means for retail: This is an important situation that everyone in the marijuana industry should be watching closely as the amendment makes sure that federal dollars do not go toward criminal prosecutions. If this amendment fails to be included in the next budget, everyone, regardless of state permitting, could be at risk.

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