He said other marijuana defendants in California have challenged their federal prosecutions since the appeals court ruling, but this is the first successful challenge.
The victory will be temporary, though, if Congress allows the budget amendment to expire. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for removal of the restrictions from the budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and Seeborg said prosecutors could then ask to reopen the case.
But Richards said the budget amendment cleared its first Senate subcommittee with bipartisan support, and he’s confident it will be renewed.
Yep, but not quite out of the federal muck and mire.