Congress may be producing a challenge to Potophobe Sessions’ assault on marijuana. A new bill has been introduced that would defund any effort by the Justice Department to go after marijuana users and dealers.
Once again, the government is seeking to come up with a solution to solve a government problem. THIS, my friends, is what the Longer Leash is all about.
A new congressional bill would effectively prevent U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions from cracking down on people who are following state marijuana laws. But it wouldn’t change cannabis’s status under federal law.
Instead, the proposal, filed in the U.S. House on Thursday by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and four cosponsors, would restrict the Justice Department and other federal agencies from spending money to “detain, prosecute, sentence, or initiate civil proceedings against an individual, business or property, that is involved in the cultivation, distribution, possession, dispensation, or use of cannabis” in accordance with state law.
The legislation would also protect banks that work with state-legal cannabis businesses.
The text of the bill has not yet been uploaded to Congress’s website, but Marijuana Moment has obtained it (see below).
The funding prohibition goes beyond the annual medical cannabis appropriations rider, commonly known as Rohrabacher-Farr, in a number of ways.
Link to document here.