New House Legislation To Stop AG Jeff Sessions From Cracking Down

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director January 12, 2018

    Representative Barbara Lee

    Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK today filed a resolution, HR 4779, known as The RE.F.E.R. Act, prohibiting the federal government from taking punitive action against those operating in states where the use and distribution of marijuana is legal.

    NORML is pleased to have worked with Rep. Lee’s office in drafting the language of HR 4779, which “protects individuals in states that have laws which permit the use of cannabis” for either medical or recreational purposes. Specifically, HR 4779 bars federal funding for any efforts that seek to “detain, prosecute, sentence, or initiate civil proceedings against an individual, business or property that is involved in the cultivation, distribution, possession, dispensation, or the use of cannabis in accordance with the law or regulation of the state or unit of local government in which the individual is located.”

    “The federal government should respect the will of the voters in states that have voted to decriminalize cannabis. It’s time to stop wasting taxpayer money on the failed War on Drugs,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “I’m proud to introduce the REFER Act, which would prevent the Attorney General and others in the Trump Administration from stifling the budding cannabis industry. If the federal government chooses to interfere in these state matters, it’s up to Congress to prevent this harmful overreach.”

    It also prohibits the federal government from taking any punitive action against a financial institution “solely because the institution provides financial services to an entity” that is involved in state-sanctioned marijuana-related activities.

    Take action today to tell Congress to support HR 4779!

    With the Justice Department having rescinded Obama-era directives limiting the federal government’s involvement in marijuana states, and with the future of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment uncertain, it is pivotal that you urge your elected officials to act on HR 4779.

    79 responses to “New House Legislation To Stop AG Jeff Sessions From Cracking Down”

    1. Robert says:

      I support HB4779.

      • Tim stoltz says:

        I support hb4779. Marajuana needs to be reclassified. Should not be a sc.1

        • TheOracle says:

          I demand cannabis be completely de-scheduled.

        • Talmadge420 says:

          Amen to that! I am for the REFER Act and excited to see Phil Murphy sworn in as the Governor of the Garden State. After 8 years of Christie’s regime against MJ- Murphy has 3 promises and one is to completely legalize and bill has already been written in the State Legislation on Day 1 for him to sign. Next week NJ GOES GREEN AND SESSIONS AND CHRISTIE CAN BOTH ROT IN HELL.

          • Miles says:

            Sessions and Christie are two of the most hated men in America!

            I second your thoughts regarding their rotting in hell!

        • Jade Marks says:

          I strongly support this. And I’m a Republican

          • Mark Mitcham says:

            @ Jade Marks,
            If you are a Republican, then this whole stinking mess called Donald Trump is your fault!

            So stop patting yourself on the back for being a supporter of white supremacist, Nazi Republicans.

            Fuck the fascist lying Republicans.

        • WhatAbout says:

          Agree, take marijuana off the Schedule list all together.

          Has much as I support H.R. 4479, it doesn’t hit our dictatorship where it needs too, the federal level.

          We need financial support… Banking systems. We need to logistical structures without the fear of bootlegging.

          Hound your elective officials to get off their trying to get re-elected diffs and pass H.R. 1227 & H.R. 2020.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Run Lee and young out of washington.

      • TheOracle says:

        If you run them out of Washington, the cannabis communities they represent will simply send their replacements to advance the cause of cannabis legalization. Maybe prohibitionists will get elected to take their place, but then who is going to fund them? They’ll be going up against cannabis dollars and all the jobs the cannabis community has created.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Run Trump out of Washington!
        Punish Trump on Election Day!

        You can register to vote here:


      • Anonymous says:

        Do not legalize Mary Jane.

        • Jack Coleman says:

          Hey there, Those against Cannabis consumption – Your days are done and your ignorant fight has been lost… The people have spoken and Cannabis has prevailed!

          • Jack says:

            Why not? Don’t you want to see our society become more healthy? You do know about the relationship between cannabis, the human Endocannabinoid System (which requires cannabinoids to work at its best) and human health, right? If you don’t, for your own sake, you should find out about it. You might be suffering from Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome and not even know it. Many people are stricken with it and don’t know there is an easy fix without having to “get high”. End the immoral and racially-motivated prohibition of cannabis!

        • Sean says:

          There seems to be some confusion. This is not a Project SAM site.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for the input komrade. ?

    3. jolly says:

      very informational

    4. Caine Bianchi says:

      I support hb4779

    5. Annual Causes of Death in the United States
      Tobacco use – 480,320
      Illegal drug overdose – (not including marijuana) – 22,000
      Prescription drug overdose – (not including marijuana) 23,000
      Alcohol-Related Deaths – 31,000
      Peanuts 110
      Cannabis (Marijuana) – 0

      Jeff Sessions can eat my shorts . . .

    6. want to save money and lives, prohibit alcohol , ,

      • Bob Kennedy says:

        I agree but you remember what happened
        the last time that was tried. So it’s not gonna happen.

    7. Green Gold Rush here to stay says:

      We the people matter.

    8. Sbswimmer89 says:

      I believe it is unlawful to not support this legislation hb4779

    9. James says:

      Democracy has spoken 🙂 states rights must prevail

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        Federalism vs States Rights is an academic matter. These are conceptual entities whose “rights” are ultimately rhetorical.

        Human Rights are what really count.

        • Wanda says:

          What about states who voted against s/s marriage?
          Double standards.

          • Mark Mitcham says:

            Federalism vs States Rights is an academic matter. These are conceptual entities whose “rights” are ultimately rhetorical.

            Human Rights are what really count.

    10. Neil says:

      Republicans say they are for States’ rights – but when they don’t agree with the issue at hand, that paradigm goes right out the window! Disgraceful government we live with today- and I voted for Trump! hb4779 is a no brainer – it needs to be passed to stop the hypocrisy.