House rules committee set to hear key marijuana amendments today

A federal legislative committee on Wednesday could determine the fate of several proposals to shore up existing and future marijuana laws, businesses and research.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules today will continue hearing testimony and considering amendments to the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2018, a spending bill set to go before Congress later this month.

Headlining the marijuana-related proposals is the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which would bar Justice Department from using funds to interfere with existing state-enacted marijuana regulations.

The amendment formerly known as Rohrabacher-Farr has been implemented in previous years; however, its continued adoption during the current administration has been questioned. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote to congressional leaders earlier this year opposing the amendment’s inclusion, stating it inhibits the Justice Department’s ability to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.

Rohrabacher published an editorial in the Washington Post this week calling on Republicans in particular to support his amendment, and gave an impassioned speech before his House colleagues Tuesday.

It is possible that not all amendments will be reviewed Wednesday, but testimony is slated to conclude. Among the testimony possible Wednesday is that of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who is expected to address his proposals, including one to prohibit Justice Department funds from blocking medical marijuana research.

Other amendments concern banking and the status of cannabis in Washington D.C.

The committee hearing is expected to begin at 2 p.m. ET.


All marijuana-related amendments that could be considered as part of the appropriations bills:

Division C: Commerce, Justice, Science

#9: Rohrabacher (CA), Blumenauer (OR), Young, Don (AK), Polis (CO), McClintock (CA), Lee, Barbara (CA), Joyce (OH), Cohen (TN), Gaetz (FL), Titus (NV), Coffman (CO), Lewis, Jason (MN), Rosen (NV), Correa (CA)
Prohibits the Department of Justice from prosecuting individuals who are in compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws, or otherwise interfering with the implementation of such laws.

#72: Polis (CO)
Prohibits funds from being used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to fail to act on a marijuana research application.

#97: Lieu (CA), Polis (CO), Young, Don (AK), Titus (NV)
Reduces funds in the DEA Salaries and Expenses used for the Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Marijuana Suppression Program. Increases the spending reduction account by the same amount.

#99: McClintock (CA), Polis (CO), Blumenauer (OR), Amash (MI), Coffman (CO), Cohen (TN), Curbelo (FL), Heck, Denny (WA), Lee, Barbara (CA), Perlmutter (CO), Pocan (WI), Sanford (SC), Rohrabacher (CA), Young, Don (AK), Hunter (CA), Smith, Adam (WA)
Provides that none of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on non-Federal lands within their respective jurisdictions.

#141: Titus (NV), Polis (CO), Blumenauer (OR)
Late Prohibits the Department of Justice from prosecuting individuals from federally recognized Indian tribes who are in compliance with their tribal medical marijuana laws, or otherwise interfering with the implementation of such laws.

Division D: Financial Services

#4 Norton: (DC), Rohrabacher (CA), Blumenauer (OR), Lee, Barbara (CA)
Permits the District of Columbia to spend its local funds to regulate and tax recreational marijuana.

#89 Heck, Denny: (WA), Young, Don (AK), Perlmutter (CO), Lee, Barbara (CA), Titus (NV)
Blocks FinCEN from revoking guidance on how financial institutions should provide banking services to legitimate marijuana businesses.

#90: Heck, Denny (WA), Young, Don (AK), Gaetz (FL), Perlmutter (CO), Lee, Barbara (CA), Titus (NV), Rosen (NV), McClintock (CA), Blumenauer (OR)
Revised Prohibits funds from being used to penalize a financial institution for serving a legitimate marijuana business.

#91: Heck, Denny (WA), Young, Don (AK), Perlmutter (CO), Lee, Barbara (CA), Titus (NV)
Blocks FinCEN from altering guidance on how financial institutions should provide banking services to legitimate marijuana businesses.

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