Federal Court Rules That Cannabis Protections Do Not Apply To Federal Land
The Department of Justice is blocked from prosecuting state-legal cannabis operations, but a California court ruled that it’s free to prosecute anyone growing weed on federal property.
Although the Trump administration has made constant threats to crack down on legal weed, state-legal cannabis industries have enjoyed some degree of protection from federal interference thanks to the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. This amendment, attached to every annual federal budget bill since 2014, prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana patients, producers, and caregivers that are legal under state law.
This week, however, a federal court ruled that anyone attempting to grow cannabis on federal property, even if it exists within a canna-legal state, is not covered under these protections.