Last Friday President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill.  In doing so, he averted a federal government shutdown – and renewed protections for medical cannabis patients and providers.

Renewed Protections

The spending bill includes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer provision.  This provision prohibits Department of Justice funds from being used to prevent U.S. states and territories “from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Drug Enforcement Administration both operate under the Department of Justice, so the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer restrictions apply to them.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On the other side of this issue, Attorney General Sessions has taken actions over the past year in line with his longstanding anti-cannabis position. Continue Reading Trump Signs Spending Bill, Renews Medical Cannabis Protections