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Rohrabacher-Farr amendment seen as positive by Nevada County, California cannabis advocates

Cannabis advocates have praised the renewal of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which restricts the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money on stopping states from implementing their legal, medicinal pot laws.

Some feared that a federal justice department overseen by Attorney General Jeff Sessions would push to remove the amendment. Instead it appears in a federal spending plan that will keep the government open through September.

Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, praised the amendment's inclusion. However, he noted that it only applies to medical cannabis.

"We'd love to see it expanded to include adult use," he said of recreational marijuana.

Heather Burke, a Nevada City attorney, echoed Allen. She said a continuation of the amendment means medical cannabis enjoys far greater protections from the federal government than adult use.

"The feds still haven't given clear guidance on adult-use production/distribution in states that have a robust regulatory scheme, such as Colorado and Washington (and California once our adult-use regulations are in place), so we're all still waiting and watching and hoping and praying," Burke said in an email.

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