New Bill In Congress Would Ban Federal

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New Bill in Congress would ban Federal Cannabis enforcement in legal states


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had cannabis in his crosshairs since even before he took office, but his first formal shot at legalization—the decision last week to rescind the Cole memo—looks more and more like it could backfire.
On Friday, a California congresswoman introduced a US House bill that would protect state-legal cannabis from “excessive federal enforcement.” Specifically, it would forbid 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” when those actions comply with state law or local regulations.
It’s essentially the Rohrabacher–Blumenauer amendment writ large. While Rohrabacher–Blumenauer (formerly Rohrabacher–Farr) applies only to medical cannabis, bars only Justice Department prosecutions, and needs to be periodically renewed by lawmakers, the new bill is permanent, protects medical and adult-use cannabis, and applies to all federal agencies.
Dubbed the Restraining Excessive Federal Enforcement & Regulations of Cannabis (REFER) Act of 2018, the new legislation was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and reported Friday by Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment, who obtained a full copy of the bill (below) and connected with one of its cosponsors:
“It is time we expand the protections of Rohrabacher-Farr to ensure that no government agency targets marijuana companies and their partners in ancillary businesses,” Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) … told Marijuana Moment via an email. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to crackdown on law-abiding taxpayers operating legally in states.”​
The new bill wouldn’t change the status of cannabis under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which means the bill would have no effect in states that haven’t legalized. But states that adopt their own cannabis laws would no longer face interference—or the threat of it—from federal officials.
Not that Sessions’ recent threat appears to have had much effect, at least of the kind Sessions intended. Rather than slow the spread of legalization, it may have actually hastened it.
Since Sessions undid the Cole memo, state lawmakers have introduced legalization measures in New Jersey and Kentucky. In New Hampshire, members of House gave preliminary approval to another. Perhaps most notably, Vermont’s legislature became the first to pass an adult-use legalization bill—one that Gov. Phil Scott has pledged to sign.
Meanwhile, states that recently passed cannabis laws—including California, Massachusetts, and medical-only North Dakota—appear to be rolling out their programs undaunted. In states that have had legal markets for years, such as Colorado and Washington, state and local officials are lashing out against Sessions, saying his move could do more harm than good.
It’s not yet clear whether the REFER Act has any chance of passing. While some members of Congress have been spurred to action since the Sessions announcement—another House bill, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, gained 13 sponsors in the wake of the Cole memo’s undoing—other members have yet to sign on to legislation even after issuing strong statements of support.

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There scared lol. It's been a losing battle from day one. I believe now that California has gone legal we see what we want. Reschedule and allow the banking systems to legally do business with cannabis companies.
 

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There scared lol. It's been a losing battle from day one. I believe now that California has gone legal we see what we want. Reschedule and allow the banking systems to legally do business with cannabis companies.
Gonna be a hell of a lot of cop jobs lost... but itll make another job market. I think its great when they tell you weed is dangerous and no one has ever died from it. Hahaha
Our fed pens are housing up to 25% of all them big drug charges... and i bet they stay locked up even after legal...for prison jobs
 
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It's a shame. There doesn't have to be a job lose though, if they us their resources better and focus on our REAL problems, it would simply be better for everyone. People are waking up and they are slowly losing their control and scrambling to figure it all out.
 

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It's a shame. There doesn't have to be a job lose though, if they us their resources better and focus on our REAL problems, it would simply be better for everyone. People are waking up and they are slowly losing their control and scrambling to figure it all out.
It will probably make more and better jobs ... i dont think having 25% of the worlds prisoners is working well for the economy.

Gonna take an old fat prison guard thats 5 years to retirement and retrain... they lose nice benefits.... never happen. Little towns all over the country live on locking people up. And where else you gonna make 100 grand a year with a little OT... with a ged.
 
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It will probably make more and better jobs ... i dont think having 25% of the worlds prisoners is working well for the economy.

Gonna take an old fat prison guard thats 5 years to retirement and retrain... they lose nice benefits.... never happen. Little towns all over the country live on locking people up. And where else you gonna make 100 grand a year with a little OT... with a ged.
Yeah, the prison system is a racket. I have a friend that works as a nurse at a state prison that gets close to $100/hour once she collects some OT
 

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