The 2015 Federal Budget's Medical Marijuana Provision: An 'End to the Federal Ban on Marijuana' or Something Less Than That?

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Alex Kreit

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2015

Abstract

In 2014, Congress began to face the nearly 20-year conflict between state medical marijuana laws and federal prohibition. It did so in a some- what curious way, however -- tacking on an rider to the 2015 federal budget to block the Department of Justice from spending money to “prevent” medical marijuana States from “implementing” their laws. Some news reports trumpeted the development as an “end” to the federal ban on marijuana. But the handful of court decisions to consider the 2015 budget provision so far suggest it might not have much effect at all on federal marijuana enforcement. This essay, written for the Northing Illinois University Law Review’s symposium on medical marijuana laws, examines the 2015 federal budget’s medical marijuana provision and offers an argument in favor of interpreting it broadly.

Keywords: marijuana, medical marijuana, appropriations, criminal law, drug policy

Suggested Citation

Kreit, Alex, The 2015 Federal Budget's Medical Marijuana Provision: An 'End to the Federal Ban on Marijuana' or Something Less Than That? (June 1, 2015). North Illinois University Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 537, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3023140

Alex Kreit (Contact Author)

Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law ( email )

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Highland Heights, KY 41099
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