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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Provision

One of the problems with state medical marijuana laws (including the recently enacted Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act) is that federal law still prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana, and there are no medical marijuana or research exceptions.  

Recently, however, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees included a provision to address this issue in the omnibus spending bill sent to the President last week.  The Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment would block the use of Department of Justice funds to “prevent [medical marijuana states] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” One of the immediate effects of this federal spending restriction may be to enable medical marijuana transactions to take place by means of payment other than cash. 

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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