Dems press leaders to include pot legalization provision in spending bill
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A coalition of House Democrats wants an upcoming government spending bill to cut funding for a program that cracks down on cannabis cultivation.

In a letter to House leaders involved in negotiating the spending bill, known as an omnibus, 12 Democrats urge inclusion of an amendment passed earlier this year that would reallocate funds from the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication-Suppression Program.

Current government funding is set to expire on Dec. 11, with multiple policy riders likely to be attached.

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The amendment, which passed by voice vote to the individual Justice Department spending bill in June, would redirect $9 million for the DEA program toward funding for the Violence Against Women Act, assisting victims of child abuse, and reducing the deficit.

The 12 Democrats argue that the cannabis eradication program has mostly seized unintentionally grown wild plants descending from industrial hemp that aren't used in drug production.

"There is no justification for spending this kind of money on an antiquated program never shown to be effective," the lawmakers wrote in the letter to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWarren now also knocking Biden on Social Security Biden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record MORE (R-Wis.), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations panel.

The Democratic lawmakers who signed onto the letter were Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Jared Polis (Colo.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerLobbying world Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension MORE (Ore.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Eric Swalwell (Calif.), Mark PocanMark William PocanThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive House revives agenda after impeachment storm MORE (Wis.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Beto O'Rourke (Texas) and Sam FarrSamuel (Sam) Sharon FarrMedical marijuana supporters hopeful about government funding bill Marijuana advocates to give away free joints on Capitol Hill DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (Calif.).