As of today, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and recent polling indicates 94 percent of Americans support the trend. Nevertheless, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on a mission to end the practice and is hoping to have his way by the end of the year, providing a statement to Congress in May advising they oppose protections for legal weed.
Congress has until [December 8] to decide whether to include the Rohrabacher-Farr Act (also known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer) in a bill that will fund the government through the next fiscal year. Right now, that law, made up of just 85 words, blocks the Department of Justice from using any money to prosecute medical marijuana in states where it's legal.
Sessions announced Friday that his department will halt and review Obama-era guidelines on legal cannabis to see if they went too far, a possible first step in reversing the DOJ's current stance on state marijuana laws.
In theory, without Rohrabacher-Farr in his way, Sessions could send DEA agents into a medical marijuana dispensary or producer in any state to bust it. Experts say, if he did this, he'd likely prosecute a distributor or a producer with other violations, like tax or licensing mistakes, in addition to its violation of the CSA.
The bill requires annual renewal by Congress, which has happened twice since its passing, though House Republicans held up a vote on it in September.
Under the bill, none of the funds appropriated by Congress to the D.O.J. can be used “to prevent [states] from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana." Congress has to vote on it every year.
According to Newsweek, the Department of Justice declined comment on the issue.