Earlier this month, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher addressed a group of Republican supporters at the annual “Liberty Ball,” which took place at the Library of Congress on President Trump’s inauguration night. 

Rohrabacher of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment—now known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment since Farr has retired—made a passionate plea to the group of attendees, defending states’ rights to medical marijuana.

The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment does not allow federal funds to be spent to enforce federal law when it applies to states with medical marijuana laws on their books. However, since it is attached to the annual spending bill, it must be renewed each year. Currently Rohrabacher-Blumenauer is good until the end of April 2017, but it needs to be voted on soon if the protections that the cannabis industry now has are going to be extended through the rest of the year. If it doesn’t pass, soon-to-be Attorney General Jeff Sessions will have free reign to enforce federal law on the entire industry.  

This amendment, however, only protects medical marijuana. It does not address recreational, adult use or any other title you want to put in front of it, meaning that once Sessions is confirmed as attorney general, he has a green light to go after the recreational and adult use markets across the country. Whether he does that or not is a question only Sessions can answer. And only time will tell. 

This video was filmed by Jason Beck @wizzardofahhs the owner of Alternative Herbal Health Services  @ahhsweho. The oldest dispensary south of San Francisco in the state in continuous operation since 2004. Located at 7828 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood CA 90046

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