#TakeAction – Call the Judiciary Committee Today to Protect Marijuana Progress

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director January 10, 2017

    On January 10th and 11th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to become the next Attorney General. Over the course of these two days, marijuana reformers and citizens alike from around the country will be calling members of the committee to have them ask a simple question: Does Sen. Sessions intend to respect the will of the voters in the majority of US states that have enacted to pursue alternative marijuana policies?

    The stakes are high.

    Senator Sessions is a militant opponent of any efforts to reform marijuana policy who once notoriously remarked that the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.” He is a staunch proponent of the long-discredited ‘gateway theory,’ and has called on federal officials to return to the ‘Just Say No’ rhetoric of the 1980s. In fact, he was one of only 16 US Senators to receive a failing grade from NORML in our 2016 Congressional Report Card because of statements like these:

    “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.”

    “[Marijuana] cannot be played with, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

    Please take a few minutes and call the following offices using this simple script. All in it should only take less than 10 minutes to call either the DC or home offices of these members and you will make an outsized impact on the future of marijuana policy in America.

    “Hello, my name _______ and I am calling regarding the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Senator Sessions views on marijuana are completely out of step with those of the majority of the American public. They also conflict with the stated views of President-Elect Trump, who said on the campaign trail that questions regarding marijuana policy are best left up to the states, not the federal government.  For these reasons, I urge you to ask Sen. Sessions whether he intends to respect the will of the voters in the majority of US states that have enacted to pursue alternative marijuana policies. If his answers are unsatisfactory, I urge you to reject his nomination.”

    Committee Chairman
    Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
    DC Office (202) 224-3744
    Des Moines Office (515) 288-1145

    Ranking Member
    Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    DC Office (202) 224-3841
    San Diego Office  (619) 231-9712

    Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
    DC Office (202) 224-5251
    Salt Lake City Office (801) 524-4380

    Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    DC Office (202) 224-5972
    Florence Office (843) 669-1505

    John Cornyn (R-TX)
    DC Office0 (202) 224-2934
    Dallas Office (972) 239-1310

    Mike Lee (R-UT)
    DC Office (202) 224-5444
    Salt Lake City Office (801) 524-5933

    Ted Cruz (R-T)
    DC Office (202) 224-5922
    Austin Office (512) 916-5834

    Ben Sasse (R-NE)
    DC Office (202) 224-4224
    Omaha Office (402) 550-8040

    Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
    DC Office (202) 224-4521
    Phoenix Office (602) 840-1891

    Mike Crapo (R-ID)
    DC Office (202) 224-6142
    Boise Office (208) 334-1776

    Thom Tillis (R-NC)
    DC Office (202) 224-6342
    Charlotte Office (704) 509-9087

    John Kennedy (R-LA)
    DC Office (202) 224-4623
    Baton Rouge (225) 930-9033

    Senator Mazie Hirono (D – HI)
    DC Office – (202) 224-6361
    Honolulu Office – (808) 522-8970

    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – CT)
    DC Office – (202) 224-2823
    Hartford Office – (860) 258-6940

    Senator Christopher A. Coons (D – DE)
    DC Office – (202) 224-5042
    Wilmington Office – (302) 573-6345

    Senator Al Franken (D – MN)
    DC Office – (202) 224-5641
    Saint Paul Office – (651) 221-1016

    Senator Amy Klobuchar (D – MN)
    DC Office – 202-224-3244
    Minneapolis Office – 612-727-5220

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D – RI)
    DC Office – (202) 224-2921
    Providence Office – (401) 453-5294

    Senator Dick Durbin (D – IL)
    DC Office – 202.224.2152
    Chicago Office – 312.353.4952

    Senator Patrick Leahy (D – VT)
    DC Office – (202) 224-4242
    Burlington Office – (802) 863-2525


    One response to “#TakeAction – Call the Judiciary Committee Today to Protect Marijuana Progress”

    1. warren douglass says:

      sen. sessions is a scary man to have in that position and i hope he does’nt get in