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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

  • Bill Nelson (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Comments

    Sen. Nelson was quoted by the Tampa Bay Times as saying, “Marijuana used as a medical relief for people that are desperate, I agree that ought to be legal,” and that cannabis legislation is, “best left to the states,” rather than the federal government. Nelson also recently told the Tampa Bay Times, “Just listen to the personal testimonies of people that nothing will help them as they are dying and marijuana gives them comfort and relieves the pain.” “I oppose legalizing marijuana. At this time, no legislation is pending in the Senate to decriminalize the possession or use of marijuana.” Sen. Nelson did vote for the 2014 Farm Bill, which included language that allows research plots of industrial hemp to be cultivated in states that permit it, because of an amendment introduced by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY 4), which passed in the House of Representatives version of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill, with the House’s hemp amendment, did pass the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama.

  • Marco Rubio (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    "Yes. Yes, I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don't agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don't have a right to write federal policy as well....I don't believe we should be in the business of legalizing additional intoxicants in this country for the primary reason that when you legalize something, what you're sending a message to young people is it can't be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn't be legal." July, 2014: "If there are medicinal uses of marijuana that don't have the elements that are mind-altering or create the high but do alleviate whatever condition it may be they are trying to alleviate, that is something I would be open to," he said. “You hear compelling stories of people who say the use of medicinal marijuana provides relief for the thing they are suffering. So I'd like to learn more about that aspect of it, the science of it. I have qualms about that proposal, I really do, but I probably need to learn more about it. The broader issue of whether we should be legalizing it is something I'm pretty firm about. I don’t think legalizing marijuana or even decriminalizing it is the right decision for our country."

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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

  • Patrick Murphy (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
    H.R. 1940: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015
    H.R. 667: Veterans Equal Access Amendment
  • Corrine Brown (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

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    Comments

    "That's why I proudly support Florida's medical marijuana amendment. It will ensure that patients with debilitating diseases and medical conditions who may benefit from the use of this natural plant will enjoy safe, legal access to it. Though many sick and suffering Floridians will potentially benefit if Amendment Two passes, the amendment could be extraordinarily helpful to members of minority communities." Article Excerpt (Link)

  • Kathy Castor (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Carlos Curbelo (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Ron DeSantis (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Ted Deutch (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
  • Lois Frankel (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Gwen Graham (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Comments

    Marijuana: Do you support efforts to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana? Graham: Medical marijuana yes, recreational no. 10/29/2014 (Link)

  • Alan Grayson (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 1635 Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
  • Alcee Hastings (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 667: Veterans Equal Access Act
    H.R. 1635: Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
  • Tom Rooney (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635: Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Frederica Wilson (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Ted Yoho (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    H.R. 1940 Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015
  • Vern Buchanan (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Jeff Miller (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635: Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015

    Comments

    IAVA has some support in Congress. Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said it’s smart to study marijuana use as one treatment for afflicted veterans. The medical community still has much to learn about how to effectively treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress,” Mr. Miller said in a statement. “Therefore, a study regarding the efficacy of alternative treatments, including medical marijuana, to better alleviate the PTS and TBI symptoms many of our veterans face makes sense.” 4/21/2014 (Link)

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: C-

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    Comments

    "You’re one of a dwindling number of progressive politicians who oppose legalization of even the medical use of marijuana. Where does that come from? I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana. I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic. Heroin addiction often starts with prescribed painkillers. Pill mills were a problem in Florida, but the state didn’t make prescribing opiates illegal. There is a difference between opiates and marijuana." 1/06/2016 (Link)
    "She approves of its medical use but opposes legalization — as a matter of personal principles, she told The New York Times. Schultz says that she has no problem being a political outlier on the issue because her opinion was formed based on "personal experience both as a mom and as someone who grew up really bothered by the drug culture that surrounded my childhood — not mine personally. I grew up in suburbia." (Link)

  • Gus Bilirakis (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Curt Clawson (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

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    Comments

    When asked about marijuana at Question & Answer session, Republican candidate Curt ClawsonCurt Clawson has said people need to be, “very careful with this” and that “those that want to legalize marijuana, make the case that pot is a victimless drug, and that drugs are victimless, but I’m not sure that’s the case.” Clawson explained that he did not know “the in’s and out’s about medicinal marijuana enough to speak with any authority” but he did say that caution needs to be taken before “legalizing drugs that are currently illegal.” 6/26/2014 (Link)

  • Mario Diaz-Balart (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Rich Nugent (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Bill Posey (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Dennis Ross (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Daniel Webster (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Ander Crenshaw (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    "Mr. CRENSHAW. Mr. Chairman, a little earlier, we had a discussion about this, and I pointed out that it is very clear that, right now, it is still illegal under Federal law to manufacture, to distribute, or to dispense marijuana. That is the Federal law. There is also a Federal law that says banks can't launder the proceeds of illegal activities, and as we talked about earlier, we have got the fact that the Treasury has given guidance on how to facilitate the sale of marijuana. The point is the law is the law. The Federal law, I just stated, and I don't think we can go around picking and choosing which States the Federal law applies to. The Federal law is the Federal law, and that is the way it ought to be. I think that the fact that we have those two laws, when somebody violates those laws, that is wrong. Earlier this evening, we adopted an amendment that corrected that. This seeks to go back the other way. I would just urge people to vote ``no'' on this because we have a Federal law that controls, and we can't pick and choose who gets to comply and who doesn't." (Link)

  • David Jolly (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: F

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    "Marijuana is illegal under federal law because there is no currently accepted medical use for the drug and because of the physiological impact it has on individuals. Marijuana decreases memory, impairs motor skills and contributes to paranoia, anxiety, schizophrenia and other emotional and psychiatric disorders. Marijuana is also illegal because of its high potential for abuse and dependence." 8/24/2014 (Link)

  • John Mica (R)

    FLORIDA

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    "Mica has expressed concern with the billions of dollars the federal government spends on education, enforcement and prevention programs, while allowing states to set their own policy. When asked about the high rate of racial disparities in arrest rates -- Mica said "we've heard many claims and the hearing process is actually to sort that out. We'll listen to the District's side," he continued. "We have a national side because the District is indeed unique under the constitution, so we have that responsibility, too, and then we have the potential of conflict between federal statute and a local ordinance." 4/30/2014 (Link)
    "At previous hearings, Mica has referred to marijuana as a “gateway drug” and has criticized the Obama administration’s decision to turn a blind eye in states where it’s legal." 7/28/2014 (Link)
    John Mica Rolls Joint for Marijuana Hearing (Link)
    If marijuana is legalized, John Mica warned at a congressional hearing last week, there will be blood. “In the last dozen years,” the Florida Republican said, “we’ve had [half] a million Americans slaughtered on the highways…and half of those fatalities are related to people who are impaired through alcohol or drugs.” Legal pot will compound this “phenomenal devastation,” he said, since “we are going to have a lot more people stoned on the highway.” 8/7/2014 (Link)

This information is continually being updated. If you have an additional public comment that we do not have record of or any additional information please email politics@norml.org.