The US Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment which will continue protection of state medical cannabis programs, despite a written request from Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year that they not do so.
Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and territories Puerto Rico and Guam have passed laws establishing programs.
Several other federal reform bills which would break new ground are up for consideration, and will hopefully get hearings this year.
“However, the vote comes one day after the Department of Justice announced that the Attorney General would implement DOJ task force recommendations on a rolling basis. It is expected that one of the task forces will develop guidance on how DOJ will deal with states that have legalized marijuana.”
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