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Advocates Worry Trump Admin. Planning Fresh Attack on Medical Marijuana

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By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 09:45 AM

Accompanying the spending bill President Donald Trump signed last month was an objection to a 2014 provision that prevents Justice Department from interfering with state-run medical marijuana programs, The Washington Post reported.

And given Attorney General Jeff Sessions' opposition to medical marijuana, advocates are worried that the administration is planning a full frontal assault on the programs that have been authorized in 29 states and D.C., the Post reported.

"It just creates a lot of uncertainty, and that uncertainty is deeply concerning for patients and providers," Michael Collins, deputy director of the Drug Policy Alliance told The Post.

Trump ran on a platform of supporting medical marijuana, but Sessions is launching a new war on drugs, rolling back easement measures on drug offenders instituted during the Obama administration.

If the Trump administration did try to move on the signing statement in question, he'd face opposition from within his own party — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., a user of medical marijuana himself and co-author of the provision.

"I think there are a lot of people running around trying to paint the president into a corner on this," Rohrabacher told the Post.

The provision, which prevents the Justice Department from spending money in any attempt at inference with the state-run programs, expires in September.

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