In a win for cannabis reform, Senate passed a legislation that protects medical marijuana states from federal interference.
Yet again we have made progress towards justice within our crooked and outdated national cannabis system. As ludicrous as it is, cannabis remains against federal law. Even with 11 states allowing recreational use and 47 states allowing medical. That amount comes out to 94% of our great country that allows cannabis use in one way or another. The passage of this legislation shields state medical cannabis laws from federal interference. Although it’s still federally illegal, the US House of Representatives recently voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized cannabis.
Before, even in states where cannabis has been legalized, the federal government could still come in and flex their muscles on businesses working within the laws of their state. National law overrides state law. They were allowed to raid and seize everything that business had to offer. This was one of the many risks that cannabis entrepreneurs unfortunately had to deal with on a daily basis. Thankfully, soon that will be one less thing that cannapreneurs and consumers will have to worry about. The vote was on an amendment to a pending house bill that sets the justice department budget and it was passed 267-165.
This is a win for cannabis advocates as well as cannabis entrepreneurs.
Worrying about the feds coming in and seizing your business is not a good feeling. Slowly but surely, the stigma around cannabis is changing and rightfully so. We deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect as everyone else. Because of happy campers like us, things are headed in the right direction. Regardless, if you are like me and dream of owning a cannabis business, or even working within the industry, we are one step closer to where we want to be. Come back to The Happy Campers for all of our latest cannabis news and findings.