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Family hopeful after medical marijuana hearing – Cherry Hill Courier Post

Cherry Hill Courier PostFamily hopeful after medical marijuana hearingCherry Hill Courier PostHAMILTON – The waiting begins. For the second time in five months the family of a Maple Shade autistic teenager, who suffers from severe epilepsy, went before a judge on a quest for the right to administer to their daughter medical marijuana while she …Medical Marijuana Saved Our Daughter's LifeGoodHousekeeping.com (blog)all 2 news articles »

Senate Appropriations Committee Votes To Protect State Medical Marijuana Laws

Members of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee voted by a margin of 2 to 1 today in favor of language limiting the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. The provision was offered as an amendment by Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. The Senate amendment mirrors language approved by the House last week in their version of the CJS bill. Passage of the provision reauthorizes protections signed into law last year, but which are set to expire this September. A vote by the full Senate and reconciliation with the House is necessary before the 2016 spending bill is transmitted to the President.

Congress passes amendments to stop DEA from undermining state marijuana laws

Legislators on Capitol Hill passed three amendments June 3 to bar the DEA and Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the US House of Representatives’ consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. "There’s unprecedented support on both sides of the aisle for ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states set their own drug policies based on science, compassion, health, and human rights," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. "The more the DEA blocks sensible reforms the more they will see their agency’s power and budget come under deeper scrutiny." read more

House Members Reauthorize Measure Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Marijuana Programs

A majority of the US House of Representatives voted today to reauthorize legislation limiting the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. House members voted 242 to 186 in favor of the amendment, offered by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Joe Heck (R-NV), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Don Young (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Dina Titus (D-NV) as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. Sixty-seven Republicans joined 175 Democrats in favor of the provision; 176 Republicans and ten Democrats voted against it. A similar amendment was signed into law last December. Because that language was included as an amendment to an annual spending bill, it must be reauthorized by Congress or else it will expire in September.