The 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill has been published – shows continued Congressional support for medical marijuana and hemp research crops

 

NORML Political Director Danielle Keane reports:

We now know that two [cannabis] provisions have been included in the omnibus appropriations bill. One measure prevents the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. The other measure prevents the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state industrial hemp research programs.

There were some negatives as well A provision that permitted doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical cannabis was removed from the final version of the bill, as well as one that would have prevented V.A. doctors from dropping patients because of their status a registered MMJ patient.

Additionally, the Congressional block on Washington D.C.’s recreational marijuana market will remain in place: District of Colombia residents will be spending another year with the right to grow, possess and share cannabis, but not be allowed to purchase or distribute it.

NORML  Report: http://blog.norml.org/2015/12/16/congress-unveils-2016-omnibus-spending-bill-reauthorizes-marijuana-protections/

Last Week’s NORML Legislative Roundup  http://blog.norml.org/2015/12/11/normls-weekly-legislative-round-up-42/

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