With top members of Congress agreeing to a funding bill on April 30, 2017, the federal government should be able to avoid a shutdown and state-legal medical marijuana programs should have extended protection from federal enforcement actions, as reported by Extract.
The fiscal year 2017 omnibus funding bill, which would cover the federal government’s funding through Sept. 30, includes a provision that prevents the Department of Justice from using federal funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana. The funding bill also includes language that supports the research of industrial hemp as permitted in the 2014 Farm Bill.
“Medical marijuana patients and the businesses that support them now have a measure of certainty,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., in a press release. “But this annual challenge must end. We need permanent protections for state-legal medical marijuana programs, as well as adult-use.”
According to Blumenauer’s press release, Congress is expected to pass the bill later this week.