A GOP-controlled congressional committee has unveiled a key spending bill that contains a provision to block marijuana rescheduling, while also amending a longstanding rider protecting medical cannabis states from federal interference by adding new language to authorize enhanced penalties for sales near schools and parks.

The 2025 appropriations legislation covering Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), which is set to receive a subcommittee markup on Wednesday, also retains a section safeguarding state hemp research programs.

But the new marijuana provisions are sure to prove controversial, with language hostile to cannabis reform included in the base CJS bill for the first time.

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