The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2016

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2016 is the 2016 iteration of the funding bill of the federal government. This bill clarifies for which uses federal dollars may be allocated. Section 763 of the 2016 funding bill prohibits the federal government from spending federal dollars “to prohibit the transportation, processing, sale or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance with section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, within or outside the State in which the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated.”

This means that the federal government is not allowed to spend a single cent on prosecuting individuals participating in activities protected under section 7606 of the Farm Bill.

Taken together, these three pieces of legislation along with the DEA’s own internal directive form a very unambiguous means of legal protection for individuals and entities participating in the hemp industry that was established with the Farm Bill of 2014.