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Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images The policy, which has been federal law since 2014, bars the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Its continuance was in question, however, after Sessions specifically asked Congress not to extend it and House leaders blocked a vote on the matter. But the rider, which cleared a key Senate panel last year, is now attached to a bicameral deal to fund the federal government’s operations through the rest of Fiscal Year 2018, which ends on September 30. The latest version reads as follows: State medical marijuana protections The new bill, which the House is expected to vote on as soon as Thursday, also continues existing provisions shielding state industrial hemp research programs from federal interference. And it extends a current ban on Washington, D.C. using its own funds to legalize and regulate marijuana sales. Congress Protects Medical Marijuana From Jeff Sessions In New Federal Spending Bill

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