Wuh-oh! President Trump has laid out his fiscal plan for 2021 and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture. The proposal includes: cutting assistance for struggling families and students, spending lots and lots of money on the border, and letting federal agencies waste lots of money on fighting legal medical marijuana.
Currently, a federal rider protects state-legal MMJ from the Justice Department by barring the agency “from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
Trump’s proposed plan would block that rider and cancel its protections, a move that is not exactly novel, according to the Marijuana Moment.
Trump has in fact proposed the exact same thing in his last two fiscal proposals. Last year, he even attached a statement to the annual spending bill, saying he had the right to mess with medical cannabis whenever he wanted and that he “will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”
And Trump isn’t the only prez who has opposed MMJ protections. President President Obama also proposed striking the rider. Congress has, however, rejected these proposals and renewed the rider under each annual spending bill since 2014.
The current fiscal proposal has some other ideas in mind for cannabis as well. It would, for instance, continue to block the District of Columbia from using local taxes to fund cannabis legalization.
It also includes a request to fund the Food and Drug Administration’s “regulation of cannabis and cannabis derivatives,” likeky with a focus on hemp-extracted CBD.
Additionally, the budget proposal lists cracking down on illegal cannabis cultivation in federal public lands such as American Indian reservations as a “priority component.”
The proposal still has to pass through congress and will receive all kinds of tweaks and changes before Trump signs the actual spending bill at the end of this year.
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