Senate Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director July 27, 2017
    Senator Patrick Leahy

    Senator Patrick Leahy

    Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) successfully offered and passed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee to protect lawful medical marijuana programs from the Department of Justice.

    Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Last August, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the language bars the federal government from taking legal action against any individual involved in medical marijuana-related activity absent evidence that the defendant is in clear violation of state law.

    The decision to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment language by the Senate committee illustrates both compassion and common sense when it comes to marijuana policy. Now, the majority of states and over 90 percent of the public approves of the use of marijuana as a medicine and Congress should not stand in the way of these reforms.

    Whether or not the House of Representatives will take a vote on the amendment is unclear. They did not include its language in the version of the 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee earlier this month. Last year, the amendment passed on the floor of the House by a vote of 242-186.

    Although the amendment was reauthorized by Congress in May as part of a short term spending package, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been aggressively lobbying leadership to ignore the provisions. President Trump also issued a signing statement objecting to the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer provision.

    You can send a message to your Representative to support this language in the House by clicking HERE. 


    27 responses to “Senate Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana”

    1. Alex says:

      My LORD and SAVIOR made NO MISTAKES when creating this world and everything in it…Including Marijuana….”Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be… And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31″

    2. Anthony says:

      Now let’s get the cole memo solidified!

    3. Bob Everett says:

      As a MMJ user since 2002, I hope that Mr. Sessions will see that MMJ is useful and necessary. I use a few opioids but rely on cannabis mainly. I suffer from chronic pancreatitis, which is quite painful.

    4. Wulpertinger says:

      I have P.E., M. S., cancer and loss of leg mobility. Medical marijuana has saved me. Opiates are too hard on a person. I was on Fentanyl for 5 years. Please allow for medical marijuana.

    5. Jeff Sessions Sucks says:

      Jeff Sessions is a loser and a criminal. He commits serious crimes behind the curtain and hates weed, what a clown.

    6. Nancy Lee Garrett says:

      Thank You Keith and NORML. Where would we be without you. I Love You, Keith and I Love NORML you have saved so many lives.You will be blessed a million fold.

    7. saferinneworleans says:

      This is good news and thanks to Leahy and the others however it will not mean much here in the war zone. One good thing: we are paying double and triple for weed here in the South so there is still plenty of incentive for y’all to send us your extra shake. Ya hear me, California? You have customers waiting to pay double and we are happy to do it.

      • Evening Bud says:

        You need to vote out all those GOPers in the South, or else you’ll be waiting a long time for recreational legalization . . .

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