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Headlines: Medical Marijuana State Protections Slipped Into Federal Bill

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Headlines: Medical Marijuana State Protections Slipped Into Federal Bill

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Medical marijuana states won a victory on Thursday when a panel of the US House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment from Republican Congressman David Joyce of Ohio. [JOYCE CLIP: “It would keep the federal government from interfering with medical marijuana laws in states that have proposed laws regarding, er, passed laws regarding medical marijuana.”] The amendment forbids any funds appropriated by the Department of Justice to target the medical marijuana states. It had been known by various names, such as the Rohrabacher Amendment, when it had been passed by previous Congresses, but has not been heard on the House floor since 2015, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Pete Sessions. This time around, supporters have bypassed Sessions by adding the amendment at the earlier, panel stage, a move made politically possible by the now-overwhelming public support for medical marijuana. [JOYCE CLIP: “92 percent of the American people support the use of medical marijuana. In fact, even more voters from every political demographic oppose federal interference in state marijuana laws.”]

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