Every year, Congress approves a series of appropriations bills that formally sets the budget for various governmental departments and agencies. The Commerce, Justice, Science, and other Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill determines the budget of the DOJ and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the coming fiscal year.
This year, a bipartisan amendment to the 2014 CJS bill will be introduced that will cut the DOJ’s funding for interference in the implementation of medical cannabis programs in states that have made it legal. This would mean that for the next fiscal year, the DOJ would not be able to halt the progress being made in several medical cannabis states as they begin implementing their programs and providing medicine to qualified patients.
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