House Floor Vote To Protect States’ Marijuana Laws Pending In Congress

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 1, 2015

    Members of the United States House of Representatives are anticipated to vote this week (perhaps as earl as Tuesday night) on a series of amendments to a Justice Department spending bill. These amendments seek to limit the federal government’s intrusion in states that have regulated various aspects of marijuana production and access.

    Specifically, Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) are introducing an amendment intended to halt the federal prosecution of individuals involved in marijuana-related activities that are in compliance with the laws of their states. Last year, Congressional members approved an amendment to the DOJ funding bill that restricted the Department from interfering in activities specific to state medical marijuana programs. (That measure is also up for re-authorization; to learn more click here.) This year’s McClintock/Polis amendment is broader in its scope as it seeks to halt Justice Department interference among individuals and businesses engaged in state-compliant transactions particular to both the medical or recreational use of cannabis.

    Please call your US Representative today via NORML’s Take Action Center here to support the McClintock/Polis amendment. Let them know that this amendment is supported by a majority of voters. According to a 2015 nationwide Pew Research poll, 59 percent of Americans agree that the government should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that allow its use. Majorities of both Democrats and Republicans endorse this position.

    Twenty-three states now permit the medical use of cannabis, while four states now regulate the plant’s production and sale to all adults. Tell Congress that federal officials should not stand in the way of these state policies and to vote ‘yes’ on the McClintock/Polis amendment.

    You can also e-mail your House member and tell them to vote ‘yes’ on the McClintock/Polis amendment by clicking here.

    28 responses to “House Floor Vote To Protect States’ Marijuana Laws Pending In Congress”

    1. marjorie riley says:

      legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use now … .

    2. STEPHEN M. GEORGE JR says:

      Hear the people speak …legalize marijuana for recreational & medical use now … .

    3. joann hunt says:

      legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use immediately.

    4. robert brinson says:

      legalize marijuana now.

    5. Julian says:

      Thanks for the update Paul.
      What kind of protections will this amendment provide neurologists authorized to prescribe cannibis oils in Texas?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Julian, it is my interpretation of the new Texas law that no neurologists will be compliant with it because of its wording. Licensed physicians cannot ‘prescribe’ schedule I substances regardless of the wording of state law, unless the substance is distributed as part of an FDA-approved/NIDA-approved research protocol.]

    6. Miles says:

      Jared Polis (D-CO) – is a national hero and I give him a big SALUTE!!! The world is a better place because of him. He seems to be one of the few who are truly trying to end the insanity of marijuana prohibition and get our country back to the ideals of freedom and democracy.

      Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA) is also worthy of a big salute in particular because he is a republican, and as most of us already know, the republican party is the party of “Just Say NO” and want to continue prohibition; with the sole exception of Rand Paul, every single republican presidential candidate is against legalization and many are even against medical use of marijuana – friggin’ idiots!

    7. Michael Olivo says:

      Please allow us that live day to day in chronic and severe pain to receive the relief we need without becoming “legal junkies!!

    8. Russ Eppen says:

      Why write an article about amendment when you don’t place any numbers that can be referenced if you’d like your Congressman to vote positive on this?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Legislative floor amendments, unlike legislation, are not assigned bill numbers. They are identified by their sponsors, which is why we are asking people to act on the McClintock/Polis amendment to the CJS Appropriations bill:


    9. Scott Howes says:

      I wish People would know that Industrial Hemp is imported last Data I have seen is $600 Million Dollars worth of Raw hemp. We could allow American Farmers to Grow this crop by passing a law. also I get different data maybe someone could help all of uS 1 Acre of Hemp = how much hemp seeds cold pressed how many Gallons of hemp oil, how much fiber would a Farmer get for Nutrition to use in Products. I think this is a Money Maker that would be the driver for the economy for New Jobs Health Factory Work.

    10. Adam Weeman says:

      I am in support of this all the way!