January 14, 2019

Rohrabacher, the well-known House member, has pushed an application to the chair, in order to renew the famous Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment that occurred in December, 2014. His petition is supported by 43 other House members. The bipartisan nature of these Representatives ensures that the whole country is behind this effort.

It is however, essential to first understand the above mentioned amendment. This amendment declared that the federal authorities needed to stay away from exercising their authority in terms of enforcing marijuana based federal legislation in states that have especially allowed the use of medical marijuana (MMJ). This important amendment will expire this month, which once again opens an avenue of conflict between the federation and the states.

Rohrabacher has sent a letter to the chair as well as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. He urges them to once again use clear language, in order to bar the Department of Justice from performing cannabis-based prosecutions. He clearly states that the federation needs to stay away from the individuals, who are clearly obeying their particular state laws, and using marijuana in well-defined ways.

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Another important signee of this letter is Representative Earl Blumenauer. This act is designed to especially limit the federal efforts in the fiscal year of 2018. Here is an excerpt of the language suggested by the representatives for this continued amendment:

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used to enforce federal prohibitions involving the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes that are permitted by the laws of the state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory where the act was committed, or to prevent states, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territories from implementing their own laws that permit the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.

Rohrabacher has further explained that the group of around four dozen representatives who are bipartisan, clearly support that a consistent protection is required against the use of federal enforcement. There is a need to strongly cover the protection of the Appropriations Bill for the fiscal year of 2018, and this should match the language of the December 2014 bill.

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The earlier bill is a strong incident that supports the continuation of similar practices. The amendment received a willing vote of 219-189. It received unnerving support in 2015 with a 242-186 vote, and received continued support in 2016 as well.

As Sam Farr has retired last year, the new amendment will now be termed as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment. However, there are other prominent signees on this letter such as, Jared Polis and Don Young, who are known for creating the Cannabis Caucus in cooperation with Blumenauer and Rohrabacher.

This bill is excellent in terms of showing that the politicians understand the public sentiment in the country, and are willing to put forward constitutional amendments that will allow the states to better exercise their authority. The acceptance of this amendment will ensure that the federal authorities remain offhand, when there is an issue of the use of MMJ in the allowed states.


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