House Votes To Block Federal Interference Of Legal Cannabis

The House of Representatives is defending state and tribal-legal cannabis industries.

 By A.J. Herrington | July 31, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve an amendment to a defense spending bill that prohibits the federal government from spending money on investigating and prosecuting cannabis activities that are legal under state or tribal law. The wide-ranging amendment, proposed by Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, is similar to spending restrictions placed on federal agencies to protect legal cannabis that have been passed each year since 2014.

Josh Swider, the CEO of Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs in California, explained how seizures of cannabis samples at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint (which is actually about 20 miles from the border with Mexico) have negatively impacted his business.

“For the past few months, we’ve had to halt business in Imperial County due to tensions between state and federal regulations,” Swider said. “With the inability to transport legal cannabis samples across state highway checkpoints, our clients in this region were unable to have their products analyzed for consumer safety required to get their products to market.” 

“The passing of this measure would be a huge step in the federal government recognizing cannabis as a legal business and would allow licensed cannabis operators in federally-restricted regions, like Imperial Valley, the opportunity to flourish in this industry,” he added.

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