The United States House of Representatives has consistently pushed for more cannabis reform in 2019 than ever before, and just approved a bipartisan measure that protects all state pot programs from federal interference.
On June 20, House of Representatives members voted in favor of prohibiting the Department of Justice from using funds to prevent any American state, territory and Washington, D.C., from approving and implementing laws authorizing marijuana use, distribution, possession and cultivation; they did so through an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
The amendment — named the Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton amendment after sponsoring representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Tom McClintock (R-California), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, D.C.) — passed 267-165.
The bipartisan amendment, named the Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton amendment, offered by Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to the House version of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, prohibits the Justice Department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, from using funds to interfere in the implementation of state laws that allow the use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana. The measure is broader than previous amendments, which applied only to medical marijuana laws. Since 2014, Congress has upheld a rule preventing federal interference in states’ medical marijuana programs.
The Senate is expected to take up companion legislation in the coming weeks.