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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

  • Elizabeth Warren (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

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

    Comments

    Warren first said she supports medical marijuana in Fall 2012, shortly after her father died of cancer. "If there's something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who's suffering, I'm in favor of that," she told Boston's WTKK-FM. "It should be like any other prescription drug. That there's careful control over it." In September 2015, Warren said “I’m open to it,” when asked about a legalization initiative that may appear on her home state of Massachusetts’s ballot next year…on Wednesday, Warren told the Boston Globe that “we’ve learned more. A couple of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Frankly, I think we ought to be learning what we can from those states.” "A kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot and goes to jail, but a big bank launders drug money and no one gets arrested,” she said at the liberal Netroots Nation conference last year. “The game is rigged!” In Wednesday’s interview, Warren criticized the way scientific inquiry on marijuana has been stymied and stigmatized. “It’s just kind of a crazy thing, this country, for so long has done this like, ‘Marijuana, you know, no!’ We can’t even do scientific research around it. And so I’ve been pushing to say we ought to explore it and see what the consequences of marijuana use are.

  • Ed Markey (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: C+

    Votes

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    Comments

    In a letter signed by six other U.S. senators, Warren and Markey prodded federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Drug Enforcement Administration to become more involved and supportive of research around medical marijuana, and reduce some of the barriers to conducting that research.

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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

  • Mike Capuano (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: A+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 1013 Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act
    H.R. 2076 Marijuana Businesses Access To Banking Act of 2015
  • Katherine Clark (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Stephen Lynch (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Jim McGovern (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

    ?

    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
  • Seth Moulton (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Richard Neal (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

    ?

    No sponsorships or comments

  • Niki Tsongas (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Bill Keating (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Joseph P. Kennedy III (D)

    MASSACHUSETTS

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

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