On Thursday, February 16th, the first Congressional Cannabis Caucus was created! Representative Dana Rohrabacher from California (Republican), Earl Blumenauer
(Democrat) from Oregon, Jared Polis (Democrat) from Colorado, and Don Young (Republican) from Alaska formed the first ever caucus of its kind, which
intends to increase medical research into cannabis and change regulations on banking and taxation for cannabis businesses.
This bipartisan coalition is important for our country, the well being of its people, and the economy overall. Both Democrats and Republicans are stepping forward together to make the necessary changes as new information about cannabis arises. Forty-four states have enacted laws to varying degrees in regards to cannabis. In November 2016, seven states legalized cannabis in some form on election day.
In 2014, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment passed the US House of Representatives, and was signed into law after previous setbacks. This amendment was a historic victory on a federal level, and was the first time either Chamber of Congress voted to protect medical marijuana patients. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal government from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws.
House Bill HR-975, known as the “Respect State Marijuana Law Act of 2017” was introduced February 7th to protect states rights. The Bill (Section 710) specifically states:
“notwithstanding any other provisions of Law and Provisions of this subchapter related to marijuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with state laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marijuana.”
This is a huge step in protecting states’ rights, and the rights of cannabis users in states that have voted to allow for marijuana use by its citizens.
Read and download Bill HR-975 here:
Click to watch the Cannabis Caucus press conference here: