Thursday, August 03, 2017

Senate panel votes to protect medical marijuana - major buzzkill for Jeff Sessions

Mark Frauenfelder · Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:13 pm

The overwhelming majority of Americans think medical marijuana should be legal. Even Donald Trump pretended to be in favor of states' rights to make their own cannabis laws when he was campaigning. That hasn't stopped attorney general Jeff Sessions from trying to revive the disastrous drug war policies of the 80s and cracking down on the devil weed. Today, he was soundly defeated by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which voted in favor of a renewing a spending rider that blocks the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.

From Reason:

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the rider, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, by a voice vote, indicating that it was not controversial among the panel's members, who include 16 Republicans. The committee thereby rejected a personal plea by Sessions to let the amendment lapse.

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