As stoner holiday 4/20 approaches, cannabis advocates say the last days of April are also about the serious business of keeping otherwise legal medical marijuana businesses from being raided by federal authorities.
A recurring budget amendment first passed in 2014, by California U.S. representatives Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr, protects legitimate businesses in medical marijuana states from being raided by the feds. The amendment’s language, inspired in part by Rohrabacher’s argument that military veterans should have access to medicinal pot, cuts off Department of Justice funding for such crackdowns. But the legislation expires April 28, leading to fears the Trump administration — which has sent mixed messages on legal weed — could invade Golden State pot shops using U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration troops.
The Rohrabacher-Farr protections do not extend to recreational pot businesses, which will be legal in California starting Jan. 1, but observers are anticipating that recreational protections will be proposed soon.
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