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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

  • Barbara Mikulski (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    S. 683 CARERS Act of 2015
    S. 1726 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2016

    Amendments

    Protecting State's Rights - Medical Marijuana
  • Ben Cardin (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    Comments

    Speaking on the legalized sale of marijuana in both Colorado and Washington, Cardin said he believes Congress and the federal government as a whole are taking a “wait-and-see” approach. “I think you’re seeing federalism played out,” he said. “Law enforcement is a state and local issue; it’s not generally a national issue.” Cardin said he doesn’t believe national marijuana decriminalization or legalization had any support at this time, but his Senate colleagues are monitoring how the individual state systems were panning out in the states that had passed referendums. “We want to see whether the claims of concern or positive results pan out,” he said. “To me, that’s how federalism operates, the states pilot different programs and if they work, we adopt national policy.” Cardin likened the issue to drunken-driving laws of the past, which varied in different states until a national effort created the uniform, nationwide 0.08 blood alcohol concentration limit.

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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

  • Chris Van Hollen (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 1635 Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
    H.R. 1538 CARERS Act of 2015
    H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    H.R. 667 Veterans Equal Access Act
  • Elijah Cummings (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • John Delaney (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

    ?

    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635 Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
    H.R. 2076 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
  • Donna Edwards (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Steny Hoyer (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Dutch Ruppersberger (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • John Sarbanes (D)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Andrew (Andy) Harris (R)

    MARYLAND

    NORML Grade: D-

    Votes

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    Comments

    "We need to know one way or another [if] marijuana has the widespread medical uses people claim,” says Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md. Harris, a medical doctor reviled by reformers for his role blocking regulated recreational pot sales in the nation’s capital, says he’s serious about research, which he believes will prove pot "actually has quite limited usefulness in the smoked raw product." “I would assume they would go with the intent of Congress to remove as many obstacles as possible to doing rigorous scientific research on medical marijuana,” he says."The bottom line is marijuana can be available from many sources as long as we test for the components being tested,” Harris says. “Multi-sourcing the product could be one possible way to make research easier.” 7/9/2015 (Link)


    “I would hope that the D.C. residents would turn down legalization,” Harris said. “If they don’t, I think that Congress will have an opportunity next year to comment on it, both through the normal authorization process or through appropriations if necessary.” 8/7/2014 (Link)


    "It is illegal under the law. This is an example of the administration not wanting to enforce the law," Harris says. "If the administration thinks the law ought to be changed, go to Congress and change the law. "We don't take lightly interfering in D.C. home rule, but when they make clearly bad decisions. Look, unemployment is high among youth in D.C. Is anybody advancing the argument legalizing marijuana is going to reduce youth unemployment? Education performance of youth in D.C. is lower than the national average. Does anybody make an argument this is going to improve educational performance in D.C.? This is where I think D.C. made a bad decision about its own rule and we have — the Congress has — the ultimate authority." 2/26/2015 (Link)

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