Trump 2021 Budget Proposes Stopping State Medical Marijuana Protections

Trump Budget Proposes Stopping State Medical Marijuana Protections

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2021 budget which proposes to stop policy protections that block the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana programs.

The rider has been lingering in appropriations legislation since 2014 with both Trump and Obama proposing to remove the protections. Appropriations legislation deals with spending bills that allocate federal funds to specific federal government departments, programs and agencies. 

The provision blocks the Justice Department from using their funds to prevent states “from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.” The budget proposal also contains restrictions that would prevent Washington D.C. from using local tax dollars to legalize marijuana sales.

What does this mean for the cannabis industry?

In the most simple sense, the proposal (if passed) would cause financial blockades and decrease State’s independence associated with marijuana sales. The good news is that historically, Congress has overlooked the requests and continued the protections. 

With that being said, medical marijuana advocates should keep an eye on the rider just as they have in years past but remain calm. Texas Cannabis Collective expresses caution for Texans that are for the legalization of cannabis.

The CBD industry

According to Marijuana Moment, the 2021 budget plan also requests funds to be allocated to the FDA for investment in “priority activities” such as the “regulation of cannabis and cannabis derivatives”. Currently, the FDA is working on regulations for CBD, since hemp and its derivatives became federally legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The FDA has stated they concur with the “potential opportunities cannabis and its derivatives offer” but they’re committed to protecting public health and improving regulations. The FDA’s position appears to be far more defensive than offensive when it comes to the regulation of CBD — this is good news for those who benefit from the usage of CBD.

The fiscal year 2021 budget can be accessed here. Stay tuned for updates on the proposal and other industry announcements and information with Lone Star Green CBD News