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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

  • Lisa Murkowski (R)

    ALASKA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Comments

    10/21/2015: (Link)

  • Dan Sullivan (R)

    ALASKA

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    Comments

    "There is growing scientific evidence documenting the health risks associated with marijuana use including adverse effects on the lungs, the cardiovascular system, and possibly the immune and reproductive systems. However, I also understand the great importance of preserving the rights bestowed to the States." 7/10/2011 (Link)
    U.S. Sen. Sullivan: “My staff and I have had a couple of meetings with Governor Walker’s administration officials to try to work through the complexities of a state system where marijuana has been legalized by the vote of the people, so even though I didn’t vote for that, I recognize that it’s a vote of the Alaskan people so I very much respect that. And then the federal system that hasn’t gotten there, whether it’s banking, whether it’s criminal laws and how you mesh the two. It’s not 100% clear where we would have to change federal laws to enable states that have chosen to do what Alaska did, like Oregon, like Colorado, to move forward. So we are working with the federal agencies, we are working with the state of Alaska, we’re working with some of the other states, I’m working with some of the other senators on first understanding what the exact issues are and how to address them. It is complex, like I said.” 12/28/2015 (Link)

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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

  • Don Young (R)

    ALASKA

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 1940: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015
    *HR 1538 - CARERS
    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

    Comments

    "In a release, Young stated that his stance on medical and recreational marijuana “has always been an issue of states' rights.” The statement reiterates sentiments made in 2013 when Young signed onto a bill that sought to protect marijuana users from federal prosecution." (Link)
    3/24/15 "“My thing is, I'm not a big fan of the marijuana,” said Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young Friday. “I will tell you though, I believe the states have a right to do as they wish to do. That goes back to states rights.”" (Link)
    12/21/15 "Rep. Don Young’s spokesman, Matt Shuckerow, said that Young supports current legislation that would remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I controlled substances and that he supports states' rights in regards to marijuana policy. At the same time, Young “believes that we need to consider safe, responsible restrictions on advertisements,” Shuckerow said." (Link)
    12/8/15

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