In 2014, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment was adopted as a federal-level
protection over state-level medical marijuana laws. It prevented the Justice
Department from allocating its federal funds to the investigation, prosecution,
and penalization of states that permit medical marijuana use, distribution,
cultivation, and personal possession. Effectively, the Rohrabacher-Farr
amendment is the only piece of legislation that allows state-level medical
marijuana laws to legally coexist with the federal Controlled Substances
Act (CSA), which still labels marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently sent a letter to the leaders
of Congress, pleading for them to unravel the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment
and the protections it grants. Within his letter, Attorney General Sessions
finds the amendment to be an affront to the federal government’s
authority and a legislative hazard to the American people. He even goes
as far as claiming that marijuana use lowers a person’s IQ score
permanently and incites violent behavior, and that many official and respectable
medical marijuana dispensaries are actually fronts for illegal and dangerous
The letter was addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,
Minority Leader Charles Schumer, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. At
this time, it is not entirely clear how President Trump will react if
Congress does make a move to undo Rohrabacher-Farr. During his campaign,
Trump noted that medical marijuana had its benefits and that state-level
rights would be respected. However, in opposition to his previous behavior,
he has already signed an official statement that permits him to override
legal protections surrounding medical marijuana and its laws.
Cannabis Law Report recently discussed this letter and its implications on its website.
Attorney Andrew Sacks of Sacks Weston Diamond LLC, one of the country’s prominent medical
marijuana law firms that deals directly with legislation issues and regulations,
contributed to the
Cannabis Law Report article. Members that wish to read the article, and also the letter sent
by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, can
click here to review it, after logging in. Interested parties can also
contact Sacks Weston Diamond LLC and the firm’s Pennsylvania medical marijuana
attorneys for pertinent inquiries and representation in complex litigation cases.