Bipartisan Letter To Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections For Medical Marijuana Programs

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director November 29, 2017

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) addresses NORML members in September, 2017

    Today, sixty-six members of Congress representing both Republicans and Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer urging them to maintain the federal protections for the 46 states that have implemented some form of medical cannabis programs throughout the country.

    This comes on the same day the Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference to discuss America’s opioid epidemic and made disparaging comments about marijuana.

    “We’re working on that very hard right now,” Sessions said on Wednesday. “We had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length. It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it. And it represents a federal violation which is in the law and is subject to being enforced, and our priorities will have to be focused on all the things and challenges that we face.”

    From Rep. Rohrabacher’s press release:

    Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) spearheaded a letter, signed by 64 other members of the House of Representatives, urging House and Senate leadership to ensure the inclusion of medical marijuana protections in any appropriations bill that funds the government beyond December 8, 2017. The provision, previously known as “Rohrabacher-Farr,” and now “Rohrabacher-Blumenauer,” bars the Department of Justice from using appropriated funds to prosecute individuals who are acting in compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws. The provision was first signed into law in December 2014 as part of a larger spending package, and has been in force ever since.

    Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking a NORML Conference

    Reps Rohrabacher and Blumenauer are both co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

    In September, President Donald Trump reached an agreement with Congressional leadership to enact a three-month continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 8, 2017, which included the amendment that was passed in the previous session of Congress.

    Congressional leadership must reauthorize this language as part of the forthcoming budget in order for the provisions to stay in effect. In July, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) offered identical language before the Senate Appropriations Committee, which approved it. However, House Rules Committee Chair Peter Sessions (R-TX) has refused to allow House members to vote on similar language. The provision will now be considered by House and Senate leadership when the two chambers’ appropriations bills are reconciled.

    It is imperative that the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment remain the law of the land and AG Sessions not be given the green-light to enact a crackdown. Click here to send a message to your federal lawmakers and urge them to speak out about the need to protect the 2 million registered medical marijuana patients throughout the country.

    53 responses to “Bipartisan Letter To Congressional Leadership Urges Continued Protections For Medical Marijuana Programs”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      NORML, thanks for the convenient links. I used the topic “Health and Welfare” in my message to Sens Udall and Heinrich and Rep Lujan-Gresham.

    2. Mark Mitcham says:


      Do it, people! Click the link, and send the letter!

      I can argue with trolls on a blog all day long without getting the attention of the people who actually make the laws. But when I contact my representatives with my views, along with others doing the same thing, I am part of a larger voice that will be heard.

      The only thing that worries politicians more is when you actually get out and vote! (So, do that too! Put the fear into them! Be sure to register to vote in time for the big one, in 2018!)

      Don’t get mad, get legal!

    3. Dealer McDope says:

      Thank you Mr. Sessions for trying to protect my black market business interests! As the old joke goes, how do you smuggle an atomic bomb into the USA? Hide it in a bail of marijuana!

    4. vickia 52 says:

      Sessions is out of step and outta time

    5. Julian says:

      The urgency for the U.S. to regulate and legalize ALL drugs is now an urgency of international crisis;


      Mexico is one Senate vote away from becoming a military state like Myanmar.

      And only our drug policies between Mexico and the U.S. are to blame.

      AP journalist does a good job explaining on NPR this morning how the “Mexican military is not trained to be police.” But his hamartia in this analysis is when he claims that the solution to Mexico’s drug war is having more efficient prosecutions and police investigations. True, the military is not equipped to do this. But it is the failure of both U.S. and Mexican Congressional law to regulate and legalize prohibited plants like poppy, marijuana …by falling prey to the C.S.Act and legal pharmaceutical cartels… that must be addressed to quell the black market. Otherwise District Attorneys and investigators ARE the cartel. Worse, the military is under control of the PRI, which IS the premier cartel of Mexico.

      I would add that if this bill passes the Senate, travelers should be advised not to drive through state and international borders. If you must visit family, fly directly to the state and stay in that state. Avoid the state of Guerrero which is already a failed state, and Quintano Roo which includes Cancun and is being targeted by the Zeta cartel, is next.

      OUR failed drug laws here in the U.S. are creating this problem in Mexico. We demand the illegal drugs and its legal U.S. pharmaceutical companies like Purdue and Insys Therapuetics that lobby our governments to poison and kill our people for profit. We would be better off sending the military to regulate THEM.

      • Julian says:

        *”AP journalist Mark Stevenson”

      • Julian says:

        We MUST put international pressure on the Senate and people of Mexico to stop the militarization and creation of a failed military state. The U.S. will see a mass exodus of drug war refugees if we dont stop this from occurring and legalize drugs to quash the black market once and for all. Exposing the shame of this law internationally is more effective as Mexican people are more concerned of external criticism than their own… and with good reason;

        The law reads;
        “…para controlar, repeler o neutralizar actos de resistencia”.

        Meaning “ …to control, repel and neutralize acts of resistence.”

        Meaning killing 40 students protesting civil corruption on a stolen bus unwittingly filled with heroin by Mexican police in the state of Guerrero will look like a small argument compared to the attrocities that will occur under military police rule trained to kill.

        The Senate is majority PRI, meaning the militarization of Mexico is imminent. Say goodbye to Cancun or hello to legalization.

        We can stop this. But we have to get loud. We have to call our state and federal Congress to legalize and regulate drugs to diminish the power of the black market. We need to use Univision as a voice to embarrass the Mexican Senate:


        We need to legalize. We need to be NORML.

    6. Kevin Dennis says:

      The current AG is no more than a shill for the pharmaceutical lobby. He lies like our president and both should be removed.

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        @ Kevin Dennis,
        Agreed. In addition, “our president” (your words, not mine) is a fascist, white-supremacist jackoff, and a goddamn traitor to America.

        Impeachment isn’t bad enough for that son of a bitch Trump. He needs to rot in a Siberian prison cell for the rest of his pathetic, wretched existence.

        And the Republicans who continue to support and enable that piece of shit?

        Fuck every single goddamn one of you. You will pay for your filthy fucking crimes.

        2018, bitches.

    7. Matt says:

      Coming to get us. Folks….

      I need a break.

      Jeff Sessions is coming to get us:


      Here he comes!

    8. Matt says:

      Hi Norml, guys, gals….I don’t want to post this link to the latest outstanding article on alcohol and weed rates, I have so much I want to post there, and many others probably do here as well. I want to share this, though…and, everyone, I am scared, perhaps you are as well. The title alone compelled me to post this, it is about Jeff Sessions and a potential crackdown on recreational. I just want to share this, we need all the info, my belief is, that we can get about this lunatic. Dec. 8th is comiing. Let us cut off the funding to this

      MONSTER. Jeff Sessions and his supporters are DANGEROUS. We have to stop him/this. The this being…read this article…we have to stop this nutcase!


      • Evening Bud says:


        I of course totally agree that Sessions (and his boss) are dangerous. But it seems to me that Sessions has retreated a bit on the MJ issue. I could very well be wrong, but hope I’m not.

        He SEEMS to be referencing the Cole Memo in regards to policing pot. If anyone has any more recent information regarding Sessions and the policing of pot, I’d love to hear ’em.

    9. Julian says:

      Contacting our Representatives both state and federal to extend the Rohrabacher Blumenauer amendment, legalize marijuana and stop voter caging has never been more urgent than now;


      As we become more active in citizen lobbying to legalize marijuana the collateral education of how our state and federal legislatures work… or don’t work… makes evident that we are really fighting for our votes to count and our personal freedom.

      Marijuana prohibition has always been about supressing the votes of the poor and minorities to aquire their property.

      The link above is from a member of Trump’s voter caging “Election Integrity Commission” who had to sue to find out what the Commission is actually doing. We know more from reporting by the Washington Post than what the Commission is required to devulge by law.

      In short, unless we find a federal judge who has not yet been appointed by Trump and sue the Commission, immoral, prohibitionist Republicans like Roy Moore will continue to win elections because last names that vote %90 Democratic like Martinez and Jackson have been purged from the voter rolls. Kansas Sec. of state Kris Kobach began the Republican Crosscheck program which is legal in 29 states. One of those states is Michigan where 450,000 votes were caged and Trump only “won” by 15,000 votes. Crosscheck was uncovered by investigative reporter Greg Pallast: http://www.thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

      Kobach is now vice chair of the Commission.

      Our efforts to legalize marijuana and the freedom our grandfathers fought wars for is being stolen by this corrupt purging and caging of our votes… legal theft… simply because the Constitution does not guarantee our right to vote… and Democrats stay home.

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