Remember when we all thought Jeff Sessions was about to wreck the legal weed industry and then he didn’t? Weird, huh? And then we all went back to our regular lives.
Well……….it turns out the reason he didn’t do that wasn’t because the old Keebler elf’s heart grew three sizes on Inauguration Day. It was because of something called the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which was a rider (basically a mini-law attached to a regular bill) that’s been attached to every US federal budget since 2014. The rider prevents the DOJ from spending any funds in the budget from being spent on going after marijuana businesses in states where it’s been legalized. Essentially that means that Sessions can’t do anything about weed.
The current budget expires on December 15th and (1) no proposed new budget has the rider attached and (2) if the republicans and democrats don’t pass a budget and the government shuts down, the DEA doesn’t – and that means that the man who likes the KKK more than stoners is gonna have free reign to sic everyone’s least favorite cops until that budget does pass.
Weed is still not *actually* legal, folks. It’s still a Schedule I substance under federal law, and the supremacy clause makes federal law the ultimate law of the land. We’ve just been pretending weed is legal is because, barring a short period early after Colorado and Washington passed their legalization measures, effectively it was. That all changes when this amendment goes away.
Hide yo weed businesses, folks. Christmas is coming early for Sessions.