Those in the marijuana industry supported the inclusion of the Blumenauer amendment but noted that it doesn’t change the fact that marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.

“Any inclusion that addresses protections for the cannabis industry is definitely a win, but they’re all band-aids for an issue that requires much more,” Avis Bulbulyan, the CEO of Siva Enterprises, a consulting firm that helps cannabis businesses navigate regulations and limits around the industry, said. “The reality is that the federal government hasn’t really enforced any action against any state-licensed cannabis company that has been in compliance with their respective state regulations, be it medical or adult-use.”

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