UPDATE: Congressional Budget Deal Extends Medical Marijuana Protections

Sep 08, 2017 , , , ,

A budget deal approved in Congress on Friday extended federal protections for state-legal medical marijuana patients and providers until Dec. 8, potentially creating another opportunity to ensure they are inluded in the FY 2018 budget.

Earlier this week, the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) from being heard by the House during the rest of the budget negotiations. This made it very likely that the amendment, which prevents the Department of Justice  from targeting state medical marijuana programs, would not be included in the final budget for next year. Without inclusion, these protections would have expired Sep. 30.

This budget deal gives us a little more time to put pressure on Congress to do the right thing. Please contact your lawmakers and urge them to support medical marijuana.

3 responses to “UPDATE: Congressional Budget Deal Extends Medical Marijuana Protections”

  1. I’ve bought this to your attention before. Who or what can we do about pain management doctors refusing to continue to treat you or give you your pain meds if you test positive for THC. The CDC recommends no longer testing but on it goes. I qualify for NY’s medical marijuana program but I can’t try to see if it works because my pain management doctor flips out every time I mention it. I’ve been on a daily regiment of opioids,lyrica,and muscle relaxers for two years. I want to try medical marijuana but if it doesn’t work and I test positive ill be left between a rock and a hard place.3 other doctors connected to my injury have asked why haven’t I tried the marijuana. Who makes these doctors test or is it all BULLSHIT , and if it isn’t what can we do ?

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