Congress passed a budget barring the use of federal funds to mess with medical marijuana.
Trump says otherwise.
Congress moved to protect medical marijuana by including in its stop-gap federal spending bill a provision barring the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after the drug in states where medical marijuana is legal – but now President Trump says that doesn’t matter.
Even though Trump signed the spending bill into law last Friday he included a signing statement objecting to numerous provisions in the bill—including the ban on funds to block the implementation of medical marijuana laws in those states.
Despite those state laws marijuana remains illegal under federal law which also does not recognize ‘medical marijuana’.
The president said he reserved the right to ignore that provision and left open the possibility the Trump administration could go after the 29 states – the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico where medical marijuana use is allowed.