Status of Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment  

I’ve received many emails asking about the status of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment–the legislation that prevents the U.S. Justice Department from interfering with state medicinal marijuana programs. (BTW, thanks for contacting me.)

Attached to previous budget bills, the amendment has been carried forward with the last four budget debates. The most recent was February 8th, which Congress concluded in the early morning hours of February 9th.

I’ve been waiting to write this blog until I had current information. I usually find updates in  multiple sources, including the Drug Policy Alliance, articles in prominent newspapers, and ePublications.

Nada. Zip. Nothing.

Last week I found one Wikipedia reference saying the amendment had passed.

On Valentine’s Day, I discovered the legislation is included in a final appropriations deal, which is set to expire on March 23.

Perhaps that’s why I haven’t seen status reviews.

What happens if it doesn’t pass?

The Justice Department will be unimpeded in pursuing criminal prosecution for anyone using medicinal marijuana.

Since I’ve been blogging, I’m flabbergasted at the number of people who’ve shared how medicinal marijuana has helped them or a loved one. It’s far more pervasive than I realized.

On Another Note

I recently had the pleasure of being the guest author at a book discussion group. One of the participants said the current marijuana strains are fourteen times more potent than the pot that was available in the late 60’s, early 70’s. I wasn’t aware of this, so I researched it.

I found an article written by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe and published on February 8, 2016 in Life Science titled Potent Pot: Marijuana Is Stronger Now Than It Was 20 Years Ago.

Researchers examined 38,600 samples of marijuana seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over 20 years. They found that the level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol — marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient — rose from 4 percent in 1995 to about 12 percent in 2014.

Conversely, the level of CBD, or cannabidiol — the ingredient known for its potential health benefits — fell from 0.28 percent in 2001 to less than 0.15 percent in 2014.

When the researchers looked at the ratio of THC to CBD, they found that marijuana in 1995 had a THC level that was 14 times its CBD level.

But in 2014, the THC level was 80 times the CBD level.


Ingesting marijuana with lower doses of THC can cause a pleasant feeling like munchies or happiness.

However, the article warned that marijuana with high doses of THC may cause a higher risk of negative health effects such as psychosis, panic attacks, and heart-related problems.

If you choose to use marijuana, please inquire about the level of THC with a “budtender.”

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3 thoughts on “Status of Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment  ”

  1. Gayle BowerGayle Bower

    Thankyou Michele, this is a wealth of knowledge concerning marijuana! I’m chuckling a bit thinking “ 10 or 15 years ago I’m sure Michele never thought she’d be so well informed on marijuana”😀
    I have a good friend who has intermittent pain due to a knee surgery gone bad, due to infection. She uses a CBD oil on it and it has helped tremendously. She did say it comes in 3 potency levels and is priced according to potency. It was recommended to her from a family member whom has gotten relief from her pain from Lymes disease. I will share this with her…thankyou!

    February 15, 2018
  2. Millie PaulMillie Paul

    A small article in the Feb. 14th issue of the Wall Street Journal (p. A2) says that the Oregon State Legislature is taking steps to legalize the right to health care in the state constitution, unprecedented in the United States. If passed, medicinal marijuana may be used more widely in the future.

    February 15, 2018
  3. John MorleyJohn Morley

    RE: Potency and Ratio of THC to CBD
    Thanks for the information on the increase in potency and clarity on THC vs. medically beneficial CBD. This further points out how uninformed and simplistic the opposition to marijuana is and has been, treating it as lacking any variation.
    It is sad to think of all the people who have been prevented from benefiting from the medical effects because some can’t see beyond its recreational use.
    But encouraging to know that with legalization it will be easier to cultivate a wide variety of product, providing a range of options to enjoy the medical benefits without suffering any more “impairment” than desired.

    February 23, 2018

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