It looks like Michigan's roughly 200,000 medical marijuana users will be able to continue to smoke without fear of the feds, for now. A bipartisan omnibus spending bill passed by the U.S. House on Wednesday stops Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department from using any funds to fight medical marijuana use in most states. The move comes after Sessions signaled that he wanted to resurrect the department's efforts to go after all drugs including pot.
The language protecting states from federal meddling when it comes to medical marijuana has reportedly been a part of every budget since 2014. It reads as follows:
"None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."