44 Members of Congress Want DOJ to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

44 Members of Congress Want DOJ to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies is preparing its spending bill for fiscal year 2018 and 44 members of Congress want the subcommittee to craft its bill so that the Department of Justice has to respect state medical marijuana laws.

On April 4, 2017, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif, sent a letter co-signed by 43 members of the House of Representatives urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on CJS to include language in the spending bill that would prevent the DOJ from using funds allocated in the bill to prosecute those who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

“We believe that the consistent, bipartisan support for such protections against federal enforcement, combined with the fact that similar language has been in place since December 2014, make a strong case for including similar language in your base FY 2018 appropriations bill,” Rohrabacher wrote.

Before Rohrabacher had officially sent the letter to the subcommittee, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action announced that it would investigate every House of Representatives member who signed Rohrabacher’s letter to find out which of them has received campaign contributions from members of the legal marijuana industry.

“Legalization is about making a small number of people very rich. For them, it’s all about the money,” said Kevin Sabet, president of SAM Action.

In addition to Rohrabacher, the following members of the House of Representatives signed the letter, some of whome are members of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y.
Rep. Don Young, R-Ark.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
Rep. Jerold Nadler, D-N.Y.
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia
Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.
Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo.
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisc.
Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii
Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif.
Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla.
Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.
Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash.
Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn.
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif.
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., D-Va.
Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.
Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif.

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