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Senate Bills

Daines/Merkley Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use. More info

Mikulski Amendment Protecting State Medical Marijuana Laws

Limits the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. More info

Merkley Marijuana Banking Amendment

Prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive actions against banks that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws. More info

'N/A' means that the Senator did not have the opportunity to vote on this amendment.

Senators

  • Jeff Sessions (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    “You have to have leadership from Washington. You can't have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana … you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn't lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the States that have made it legal.” 3/7/2016 During a discussion of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015

  • Richard Shelby (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    (Link)
    6/2/2014 “Sen. Shelby opposes legalizing marijuana, and would therefore oppose such a provision. However, he has not been approached about including anything related in the Senate’s version,” said Jonathan Graffeo, spokesman for Mr. Shelby. (Related to Rohrabacher 2014 amendment)

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House Bills

Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use. More info

McClintock/Polis Amendment

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. More info

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment

Prohibits the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs and the patients who rely on them. More info

Reps

  • Mo Brooks (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Comments

    "We're going to have a test case that will help us better understand what the effect of the legalization of marijuana is... For example, student test scores: are the test scores going up or are they going down?... There's no way in the world that I have the kind of experience that the President of the United States has with alcohol, marijuana and other hard drugs. He's got personal experience. I don't, with those kinds of very dangerous substances."

  • Mike Rogers (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Gary Palmer (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: C

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    Comments

    Representative Gary Palmer is mentioned in a news article. " As a retired army officer who suffers from PTSD, the audience member wanted to know Palmer’s stance on marijuana and the imprisonment of non-violent criminals. Both topics are state issues, Palmer said, but he added that he does not support widespread use of marijuana." (Link)
    8/31/15 ""Gary Palmer noted that he has supported a bill known as Carly's Law""...""But I am not for legalizing marijuana," Palmer said. He said he believes that open marijuana markets, like those in Colorado, "are not a good idea."" (Link)
    8/22/14

  • Robert Aderholt (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Bradley Byrne (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: D

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    Comments

    A staffer for Representative Byrne said, "We do not support legalization". When asked about medical marijuana or decriminilization, they did not take a postition. Contacted by NORML office on 2/18/16.

  • Martha Roby (R)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Terri Sewell (D)

    ALABAMA

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    Comments

    "While I understand that medical marijuana has been decriminalized and in some states legalized, it is not legal in the state of Alabama. Personally, I don't support illegal drug use of any kind. I am open to looking at scientific data and research on the effects of medical marijuana use, and if someone I knew believed they needed this treatment, I would tell them to seek it in a state where medical marijuana use is legal." (Link)
    4/30/14

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