Senate Committee Passes Amendment To Protect Medical Marijuana

Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator Patrick Leahy

Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) successfully offered and passed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment in the Senate Appropriations Committee to protect lawful medical marijuana programs from the Department of Justice.

Initially enacted by Congress in 2014, the amendment maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Last August, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the language bars the federal government from taking legal action against any individual involved in medical marijuana-related activity absent evidence that the defendant is in clear violation of state law.

The decision to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment language by the Senate committee illustrates both compassion and common sense when it comes to marijuana policy. Now, the majority of states and over 90 percent of the public approves of the use of marijuana as a medicine and Congress should not stand in the way of these reforms.

Whether or not the House of Representatives will take a vote on the amendment is unclear. They did not include its language in the version of the 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee earlier this month. Last year, the amendment passed on the floor of the House by a vote of 242-186.

Although the amendment was reauthorized by Congress in May as part of a short term spending package, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been aggressively lobbying leadership to ignore the provisions. President Trump also issued a signing statement objecting to the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer provision.

You can send a message to your Representative to support this language in the House by clicking HERE. 


27 thoughts

  1. Senator Shelby, please know if it were your child or close reletative that needed help,you would probably be an advocate for mmj. You would be researching mmj and you would be better informed about the healing power of this plant. People do have a choice on what meds they need to take and to me its a better much safer than opioids which kill over 100 people a day!!! Big pharma likes people you that keep them in business. Please do your research and you will know mmj like Charlottes Webb can cut a childe siezeurs from 100 a day to 3 or less, it is giving children and parents hope of a happy healthy child. Where is your compassion. HElL.

  2. As a medical marijuana patient who suffers from multiple sclerosis and degenerative disc disease it has been my miracle drug that has got me off of 7 years of opiate treatments for pain . It has allowed me to lose 60 pounds and start moving around better and sleep again . Please insure patients continued legal access to medical marijuana . Thank You

  3. I have been Disabled for 15 Years, and have been on, and sit back for this, -Morphine, ‘Kadian'(Morphine), Fentanyl, Roxycontin, Oxycontin, Suboxone, Lyrica, and M A N Y more, just getting to the point! I haven’t used ANYTHING BUT T.H.C. for over 2 YEARS NOW! I have 3 broken bones in my neck, 5 discs in my lower back, and a shattered heel, into 11 pieces…all in different accidents. I ALSO have been diagnosed with ‘Hyper-Anxiety, O.C.D., and P.T.S.D.’, which have also been helped TREMENDOUSLY by simple marijuana. Helping people SHOULD be the main concern, but keeping the jails FULL, seems to take precedent!

  4. sessions should absolutely be fired for his anti-American values; not for the reasons trump wants him gone. I see sessions as anti-American for his views regarding civil asset forfeiture, his desire for longer prison sentences, his desire for more prisoners, his disregard for what Americans want or need, and on and on…

    Note: I do not have enough respect for sessions or trump to capitalize the first letter of their names! They are just trump and sessions.

    1. “sessions should absolutely be fired for his anti-American values”


      The will of the people is mandate for the US AG in any reasonable sort of a republic/democracy.

      And for him to utterly fail to investigate, and to arbitrarily risk the livelihoods, years, and even lives of Americans (both citizens and police) is as unpatriotic as a man can be in that role.

      Sessions should not only be fired,
      but driven out of his country,
      and made an example of.

      Doctor Farkastone needs to be run out of town with torches and pitchforks!

      Razzle frazzle-
      and we certainly did not get a harrumph outta that guy.

      1. @ MSimon,
        Well, there you are, you fucking weasel of a Trump supporter. Talking shit, as usual.

        You make no coherent point, you only cover for Trump. But nobody gives a shit what Trump thinks anymore. To hell with Trump, Sessions, and anyone sick in the head enough to support either one of those racist, misogynistic, violent scumbags.

        MSimon, it is always a pleasure to kick your ass in debate, come on back anytime if you want some more.

    1. Why the all caps on the “AMAZ”? Sure he can spell it. Like you didn’t have to copy and paste it.

      1. Ever heard of phonetics, pickle-head? How bout SARcasm? Ever heard of THAT? Of COURSE Trump cant spell Rorhabacher-Blumenauer. It wouldnt fit in his pathetic twitter rants if he COULD. He’d be like, “Were gonna repeal that Roar-blocker-Bloomin-onion amendment… and replace it with something tremendously fantastic… I don’t know, but yer gonna love it…”
        Next he’ll try and sell us an iron pickle.

      2. Don’t neglect to search out all the little hidden propaganda words which may be hidden in bigger pseudoscientific words, like a Spanish (instead of English) sounding pronunciation of “Americana” hidden in our herb’s “illegal name”, or “mad” “mess” “nasty” “disturb” “stupid” “beat” “hate” hidden in pseudolatin “masturbate”.

      3. Iron Pickul, what a thing to complain about.

        PS–I’m not sure Drumpf WOULD be able to SPELL it–course he WAS able to spell Covfefe, so maybe I’m wrong.

  5. And it passed through committee with a voice vote. How’s that gotta feel ol Foghorn-Sessions, you evil dog you?
    “Well I said, I say Congress… how we suposta lock up the sick, rob the @$$et forfeitures off the poor and disenfranchised if ya wont let me use US tax dollars ta do it?”
    It doesnt quite get more evil than this. Sessions makes a career taking money from CVS Caremark and the drug Depakote which was taken to court for millions for killing kids instead of treating their epilepsy.
    Yet he has no moral remorse for lobbying Congress to block the one piece of legislation preventing him from arresting and supressing the votes of the consumers of medical marijuana, the only safe and effective medicine available to stop seizures in children?
    And his boss, the President, was in on lobbying against this bill?
    We will stop at nothing until we put justice back into the justice department.

    “Until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard for race, we say war. Because until that day the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rules of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained. And we know we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.”
    -Haile Selassie, as interpreted by the song “War” by Bob Marley.

    1. Foghorn-Sessions – LOL.. I didn’t know about the Depakote – thanks for the info.

  6. I am so happy, that’s probably why Sessions took a trip to South America today, now if they would leave the states that legalized recreational cannabis that would be a great day for cannabis. We also have to thank the folks that lobbied for our crusade in DC, job well done Ladies and Gents….

  7. My LORD and SAVIOR made NO MISTAKES when creating this world and everything in it…Including Marijuana….”Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be… And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31″

  8. As a MMJ user since 2002, I hope that Mr. Sessions will see that MMJ is useful and necessary. I use a few opioids but rely on cannabis mainly. I suffer from chronic pancreatitis, which is quite painful.

  9. I have P.E., M. S., cancer and loss of leg mobility. Medical marijuana has saved me. Opiates are too hard on a person. I was on Fentanyl for 5 years. Please allow for medical marijuana.

  10. Jeff Sessions is a loser and a criminal. He commits serious crimes behind the curtain and hates weed, what a clown.

  11. Thank You Keith and NORML. Where would we be without you. I Love You, Keith and I Love NORML you have saved so many lives.You will be blessed a million fold.

  12. This is good news and thanks to Leahy and the others however it will not mean much here in the war zone. One good thing: we are paying double and triple for weed here in the South so there is still plenty of incentive for y’all to send us your extra shake. Ya hear me, California? You have customers waiting to pay double and we are happy to do it.

    1. You need to vote out all those GOPers in the South, or else you’ll be waiting a long time for recreational legalization . . .

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