In order to provide disaster relief to areas of Texas (and Florida soon), the Trump administration as well as both houses of Congress had to pass a budget bill.
The legislation will not only help people that have had their lives destroyed by horrific hurricanes but will also help the cannabis industry.
According to MarijuanaPolitics.com, the Senate’s version of the legislation includes a temporary extension of protections for the legal marijuana industry. The legislation extended a budget provision known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment through December 8th.
A Small Win For The Newly Minted Cannabis Caucus
In late August representatives Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California; Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon; Don Young, a Republican from Alaska; and Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado launched the first of its kind caucus at a press conference in Washington DC.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the two founding members of the caucus, both have respectable achievements even before they started the caucus. Congressman Rohrabacher coauthored the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which was passed by the 113th Congress in 2014.
The amendment prevented the Department of Justice from using its funding to challenge states that have approved medical cannabis laws. In 2017, he was widely regarded for ensuring its extension – which was widely seen not only as continuing protection for pro-marijuana states, but as a direct rebuke of Jeff Sessions and his prohibitionist policies.
Little Jeff Will Have To Wait
Jeff Sessions has been counting down the days until the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment expired with the current budget. But for now he will have to wait another 3 months to attempt to crack down on the cannabis industry.
Little Jeff personally reached out to Congress in June, requesting that they undo the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that has kept the industry out of the DOJ’s crosshairs since 2014. And we quote:
“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”
We hope that Sessions’ reference to a historic drug epidemic is focused on the deadly opioid crisis currently plaguing the United States and not our harmless flower.