Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Trump administration to get $0 to stop medical marijuana, including in Missouri

Trump administration to get $0 to stop medical marijuana, including in Missouri

The $1 trillion omnibus bill, likely headed for a vote this week, includes an amendment previously known as "Rohrabacher-Farr" that prevents the Justice Department from using funds to hinder the implementation of medical marijuana laws in US states and territories.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't getting any help from Congress in his battle against medical marijuana laws. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September 2017, is expected to pass this week.

Congress has, once again, approved a temporary rider called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which was created to prevent federal funds from being used to prosecute the medical marijuana community.

Sessions last month ordered a review of the department's enforcement of several laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, which continues to classify marijuana as illegal without any medicinal value, along with heroin, LSD, and peyote.

The spending bill that will keep the government open until September includes the extension of a policy that bars the Department of Justice from using federal money to interfere with states' medical-marijuana laws.

In Florida, House lawmakers are ready to vote on a newly-amended bill to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry.

Congress is set to give Washington and other states that have legalized marijuana a five-month reprieve from a feared federal crackdown with the passage of a spending bill sometime this week. However, in 2016 alone, heroin was responsible for claiming the lives of almost 13,000 people whereas cannabis has never been the cause of death for anybody [ever].

The researchers found states with medical marijuana programs in 2014 had an opioid overdose rate roughly 25 percent lower than the national average.

The CDC says 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. A total of eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use of the drug, including Washington and Colorado, and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana.

Earlier this year, Sessions issued an ominous warning to states with legalized marijuana.

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