Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment is a rider on the federal spending bill that
would prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from using congressionally
allocated funds to stop the states from legalizing the possession, distribution,
or cultivation of
medical marijuana. The bill is designed to prevent the DOJ from using federal funds to prosecute
those involved in the medical marijuana industry. As long as growers and
dispensaries obey state regulations, they should be protected from federal
This amendment is designed to protect the medical marijuana industry from
federal intervention, but does not apply to recreational users in states
where recreational use is permitted. In Pennsylvania, only medical marijuana
has been legalized, so recreational users are not protected from state
or federal prosecution. This amendment also provides protection for the
hemp industry, which produces hemp fiber for a number of purposes, from
textiles to supplements.
The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment must be revisited and renewed on an annual
basis. The bill has been reauthorized every year since its introduction
in 2014, and frequently receives bi-partisan support, which allows it
to remain in place. The amendment was most recently renewed on April 28,
2017, and it is set to be renewed again in late 2017.
For medical marijuana patients across the country, this bill is a powerful
protection. The amendment can protect states’ rights and will prevent
the federal government from interrupting voter-approved medical marijuana
laws. As far as ending the prohibition of marijuana use, the Rohrabacher-Farr
Amendment is the first step.
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment may
be in danger. Marijuana legalization advocates are concerned about Attorney
Sessions promised crackdowns on marijuana, as well as many other controlled
substances. Currently, the bill is safe until late 2017, when it will
be up for review again.
Medical marijuana can be a complex and uncertain area of the law. Our Pennsylvania
medical marijuana attorneys at
Sacks Weston Diamond LLC have fought tirelessly for the legalization of medical marijuana, and
we are committed to protecting the Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry.
Contact our offices to learn how we can help with your medical marijuana case.