Blumenauer Statement on Critical Marijuana Policy Provisions Extended in FY17 Omnibus Bill

May 1, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, welcomed the extension of critical marijuana policy provisions through September 30 in the fiscal year 2017 omnibus funding legislation. The legislation is expected to be passed by Congress later this week.

The funding bill includes:

  • The policy championed by Representatives Blumenauer and Dana Rohrabacher that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering in the ability of states to implement legal medical marijuana laws (previously known as “Rohrabacher-Farr”); and
  • Language that supports industrial hemp research allowed under Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Medical marijuana patients and the businesses that support them now have a measure of certainty,” said Blumenauer. “But this annual challenge must end. We need permanent protections for state-legal medical marijuana programs, as well as adult-use.”