Most people, regardless of their stance on marijuana, are probably not following the saga of the latest federal government shutdown threat closely, if at all. That’s okay, we’re here to let you know what’s going on. Thanks to the complicated nature of funding government entities, a renegotiation the current budget could effectively strike down the legal safe haven afforded to states with legal medical and recreational marijuana.
Cannabis Business Times reports legal marijuana protections could end under any new budget deal that Congress votes to authorize.
As of press time, the government shutdown has been temporarily averted with a two-week stopgap measure, according to the Washington Post. But that measure runs out December 22, 2017, and the new funding deal may give the U.S. Department of Justice the ability to prosecute cannabis business owners, even in legal states.
Among the many unresolved issues in the current federal budget is the continuation of a small but incredibly significant rule called the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. This amendment prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to prosecute legal operators in medical or recreational-use states.