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Senate Committee Approves Bill to Stop Federal Crackdowns on Medical Marijuana

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents would be barred from using tax dollars to crack down on medical marijuana operations in states where it’s legal.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 22-8 to approve the measure, which would block the Department of Justice and DEA from using federal funds to interrupt medical marijuana programs, Huffington Post reports. 

If passed, the bill would protect marijuana users and growers in 23 states and the District of Columbia, where medical cannabis is legal.

Despite the state laws, the federal government still does not recognize marijuana as having medicinal benefits.

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CBP Employees Dodge Furloughs with Congressional Approval

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border workers won’t be forced to take furloughs this year as originally feared, Government Executive reports.

CBP employees, who initially faced 14 furlough days in fiscal 2013, dodged the forced days off through appropriations approved by Congress.

It was good news for the more than 20,000 CBP workers who feared a cut in pay.

But union leaders cautioned against early celebrations.

“Sequestration, which is the underpinning for all manner of problems for federal agencies, is scheduled to continue until 2021,” Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement. “And even with the decision not to furlough employees, CBP remains particularly hard-hit by the sequester.”