Just a few days ago, on June 20th, the United States House of Representatives voted 267-165 in to prevent the Department of Justice from spending any money to interfere with state marijuana laws.
Officially called the Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton amendment, this piece of bipartisan legislature would be groundbreaking if passed.
“This is the most significant vote on marijuana reform policy that the House of Representatives has ever taken,” commented Justin Strekal, political director for NORML. “Today’s action by Congress highlights the growing power of the marijuana law reform movement and the increasing awareness by political leaders that the policy of prohibition and criminalization has failed.”
The big difference between this language and the language in earlier Rohrabacher-Farr amendments and others is that this would protect recreational marijuana programs too…not just medical.
Not only did the House of Representatives send a clear message that federal cannabis prohibition must end, but the House also voted to redirect $5 million away from the Drug Enforcement Administration into a comprehensive public-health based opioid treatment program.
Now, according to Westword, the bills will “likely move to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which has been open to protecting state-legal medical marijuana programs in the past.” That being said, “recreational marijuana is a different question.
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