Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has been one of Congress’ most prominent supporters of sensible cannabis laws, so it makes sense that the bipartisan amendment protecting medical marijuana patients and providers from federal prosecution bears his name, along with his California Republican counterpart Dana Rohrabacher. Patients can breathe a bit easier knowing that the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment has been extended until January 19th, protecting them from Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but it is imperative that a permanent solution is reached.
Representative Blumenauer issued a press release on the extension:
Congress Extends Critical Medical Marijuana Protections Through January 19
Washington, D.C. – Congress voted to extend protections for state medical marijuana programs through January 19. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, was continued in legislation to fund the government for a month.
Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and champion of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, released the following statement:
“Patients around the country who rely on medical marijuana for treatment—and the businesses that serve them—now have some measure of certainty. Our fight, however, continues to maintain these important protections in the next funding bill passed by Congress.”
AG Jeff Sessions has a long, troubled history on cannabis, demonstrating that he is extremely out of the mainstream on the issue. It is easy to see that Sessions would not hesitate to persecute and jail medical patients and their providers. Sessions boss’, Donald Trump, has stated his support for states’ rights to choose their own medical marijuana laws, but relying upon the campaign promises of any politician, let alone Donald Trump, is a risky endeavor.
Contact your representatives and senators. Simply tell them that you want Congress to follow the will of their constituents that overwhelmingly support the legalization of medical marijuana and states’ ability to implement their own cannabis policies. We have the people on our side, and more and more elected officials are joining up with stalwarts like Earl Blumenauer to stand up for patients and voters.
We’ve had an incredible run improving our nation’s cannabis laws. Let’s continue that momentum into 2018 and beyond.