As part of the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill enacted on March 23, 2018, Congress renewed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer (previously known as the Rohrabacher-Farr) Amendment through Septembe 2018. The Amendment is an appropriations rider with bipartisan support that prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent states from implementing medical marijuana laws. The Ninth Circuit in United States v. McIntosh held that the prohibition under the Amendment also prevents the Justice Department from spending federal funds to prosecute individuals who are engaged in conduct that is permitted by, and in compliance with, state medical marijuana laws. This is the eleventh time the Amendment has been approved or renewed since its first passage in 2014.
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