Federal Medical Marijuana Protections Extended Through September 2017
The Rohrabacher-Farr extension is a short-term win, in the current climate.
The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents the U.S. Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws, was included in the budget resolution that was released last night.
The amendment renewal extends protections until September, 2017 and also includes language that supports industrial hemp research as well, which is allowed under Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill.
The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment was first passed in 2014, by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who introduced this legislation in 2003, along with colleagues Sam Farr & Maurice Hinchey. Their intention was to prohibit the use of state resources to prosecute legal businesses that were passed on the state level.
During the Obama administration in 2013, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, issued the Cole Memo. His memo stated in part that, outside of the federal government’s top enforcement priorities, they have “traditionally relied on state and local law enforcement agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws.”