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"Introduced the SAFE Banking Act to ensure legal cannabis biz have the same access to resources and services as every other legitimate biz. In states like OR, why are legal businesses still treated like criminals, denied financial services and forced to carry around bags of cash? All-cash operations are a huge target for criminals. They put businesses and communities at risk. We cannot let AG Sessions roll back all the progress we’ve made towards common-sense drug laws."
https://twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley/status/864938333536964613The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a federal medical marijuana prisoner's petition to be released under a Congressional appropriations rider because he'd already given up the right to appeal under a plea deal. The move sidesteps the question of whether the amendment prevents the Bureau of Prisons from spending money on incarcerating medical cannabis prisoners:
"Because of this waiver, we need not reach and save for another day the issue of whether the expenditure of federal funds to incarcerate individuals who fully complied with state medical marijuana laws violates the appropriations rider."
Legal analysis from a former U.S. Justice Department official who now teaches at UC Hastings argues that President Trump's recent signing statement can't undo Congress's prohibition on federal interference in state medical cannabis laws.
"Trump’s statement presumes that he bears some obligation (and thus some prerogative) to enforce federal marijuana prohibitions without regard to congressional appropriations. But that view is just wrong. Law enforcement is a resource-dependent executive power. In consequence, the only law the President is duty-bound to execute is the appropriations restriction itself. That means his Justice Department also must adhere to Congress’s will."
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