The Rohrabacher–Farr amendment has been renewed for the 2018 fiscal year! Despite the Trump administration’s bumps, this amendment has been voted on and renewed for next year.
The Rohrabacher–Farr amendment is a 2014 measure that bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent states “from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
And according to the Huffington Post, “national support for marijuana legalization has risen dramatically in recent years, reaching historic highs. A Quinnipiac poll from earlier this year found that 94 percent of Americans support allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it.”
How fantastic it is that this industry continues to gain momentum, and we can breathe a sigh of relief that all legal marijuana dispensaries that follow their state laws continue to be legal and are free from federal prosecution.
Great Feedback From Colorado!
In February of this year, a task force was created to review the United States’s enforcement of immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime laws. The task force sent in their proposals to the Department of Justice last week, but they are not being disclosed.
Colorado and Oregon both are said to have submitted lengthy reports explaining how well-regulated marijuana industry is run and how it generates a great deal of tax revenue with “no measurable increase in crime or health problems.”
The report from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) shows Colorado as collecting $459.5 million in marijuana taxes as of May 2017, and that the money has been used for school construction, regulation and enforcement of marijuana laws, youth prevention programs, substance-abuse treatment programs, and public education campaigns.
Legalization has “facilitated the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars into the Federal Reserve System that would otherwise exist outside of the nation’s banking system,” the report says.
The United States continues to move forward and progress medical marijuana and recreational-use laws under each state!