Dear Viyada,

Great news from Washington, D.C.! This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to continue protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana businesses and patients from Department of Justice interference.

The provision, which you might know as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, has to be renewed every time a new budget is passed by Congress. This year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Members of Congress, urging them NOT to renew the provision.

But thanks in part to the critical work NCIA and its members have been doing to build strong relationships with senators in both parties, the Appropriations Committee approved the renewal of the amendment on a voice vote. (That means it wasn’t even close enough for them to have to do a vote count!)

This is not the end of the story. There are still many steps to go before a new budget is finalized. But this is an important indicator that our allies in Congress are standing up for us, even in the face of DOJ opposition.

Without your support for NCIA, this would not have happened. So today, we say THANK YOU…and then go right back to work on your behalf!


F. Aaron Smith
Executive Director and Co-Founder