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“Congressional leaders seem to have finally gotten the message that a
supermajority of Americans wants states to be able to implement
sensible marijuana reforms without federal interference. This legislation
greatly reduces the chances that costly and senseless DEA raids will
come between seriously ill patients and the doctor-recommended
medicine they need for relief. Now that Congress has created political
space by taking this important legislative step, there are no remaining
excuses for the Obama administration not to exercise its executive
power to reschedule marijuana immediately. The attorney general can
begin that process today with the stroke of a pen.”

Below is the actual language regarding hemp and medical marijuana
from the spending bill, also provided by the Marijuana Majority:

“Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the
Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa,
Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah,
Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from
implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution,
possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in
contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp
Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the
Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

“Section 538 prohibits the Department of Justice from preventing certain
States from implementing State laws regarding the use of medical

“Section 539 prohibits the use of funds by the Department of Justice or
the Drug Enforcement Administration in contravention of a certain
section of the Agricultural Act of 2014.”