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Congressional Freeze of Federal Funds to Enforce Cannabis Laws Extended

The amendment must be renewed each year.
David N. Feldman is a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general representation of public and private companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and private equity and venture capital firms. Mr. Feldman also advises small businesses with regard to alternatives to traditional financing through initial public offerings. His popular blog at www.DavidFeldmanBlog.com, focusing on entrepreneurship and the regulatory environment, has been recognized by LexisNexis as a Top 25 corporate law blog, and his videos appear on his YouTube channel, The Entrepreneur’s Advocate. Mr. Feldman is a 1985 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was managing editor of the student newspaper, the Penn Law Forum, and a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as chair of the board of Wharton’s global alumni association.
David N. Feldman is a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general representation of public and private companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and private equity and venture capital firms. Mr. Feldman also advises small businesses with regard to alternatives to traditional financing through initial public offerings. His popular blog at www.DavidFeldmanBlog.com, focusing on entrepreneurship and the regulatory environment, has been recognized by LexisNexis as a Top 25 corporate law blog, and his videos appear on his YouTube channel, The Entrepreneur’s Advocate. Mr. Feldman is a 1985 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was managing editor of the student newspaper, the Penn Law Forum, and a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as chair of the board of Wharton’s global alumni association.

It’s looking good. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the last several years of federal budget bills has prevented the federal government from using its money to prevent the implementation of state medical cannabis laws since 2014. However, the amendment must be renewed each year with the annual budget bill.

According to HuffPost, the budget bill agreed upon by Congressional leaders over the weekend, which will fund the government through the end of September and which is expected to be approved this week, includes a renewal of Rohrabacher-Farr. This would mean Attorney General Sessions would not be permitted to use his budget for this purpose. This also means the Republican Congress is not interested in increasing cannabis law enforcement, at least on the medical side.

This is consistent with the President’s statement that he is “100%” in favor of medical marijuana, which was recently backed up by Press Secretary Sean Spicer. However, neither the R-F Amendment nor statements from the Administration prevent them from choosing to step up enforcement of state legal recreational cannabis. Spicer hinted a few months ago that this may happen. But for now, at least a continuation of the status quo.