State medical marijuana programs clear hurdle

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The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prevents the DOJ from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs, cleared the first hurdle to being renewed for another year today when it was successfully passed with bipartisan support for fiscal year 2018 by the Senate appropriations committee. Passage of the amendment is a rebuke to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has repeatedly voiced his opposition to medical marijuana, going so far as to explicitly ask congressional leaders not to renew the amendment in a May 1st letter. The amendment has been renewed by congressional budgetary actions every year since its first passage in 2014.

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