Earlier this week, the House and Senate passed a new spending bill that would fund the U.S. government through September, and also included an amendment to protect states with medical marijuana. But it appears President Donald Trump may not allow the bill to pass.
Trump tweeted out this morning that he's considering vetoing the major spending bill that recently passed Congress. The president's concerns had nothing to do with medical marijuana, but rather the lack of any solution for DACA recipients (immigrants who came to this country as children and have lived in the United States their whole lives) or his border wall with Mexico.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
The spending bill compromise included an extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment that forbids the Department of Justice from using its resources to pursue cases against medical marijuana companies if they're legal under state laws. If the bill ends up getting vetoed and a new bill were made, it's not guaranteed the amendment would be included again.
Now, it's possible that even if Trump were to veto the bill, the Senate would override it. The compromise bill passed with 65 votes in the Senate, and that means they'd only need two more votes to get the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.
Of course, the best solution for marijuana advocates would be if Congress simply voted on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment as a separate bill so it's survival didn't constantly hinge on being include in these compromise budget bills, but Republicans seem unwilling to allow that to happen.
So until then, we just have to hope President Trump does the right thing...