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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

  • Tom Udall (D)

    NEW MEXICO

    NORML Grade: B+

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    Cosponsor

    S. 683: CARERS

    Comments

    Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., who voted for the budget bill, said through a spokeswoman that he supports the move to call off the dogs with regard to state medical marijuana programs. “Except in cases where state action blatantly deprives people of their constitutional rights or puts them at risk, Sen. Udall doesn’t think the federal government should attempt to overrule voter-approved laws,” spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm said in a written statement. “Neither of those circumstances is the case with medical marijuana laws. Americans are having a conversation about whether to de-criminalize marijuana at the state level, and Sen. Udall believes this provision lets that conversation continue.” (Link)
    "Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he doesn’t support legalizing marijuana and neither do most in Congress. He does, however, support New Mexico’s medical marijuana law." “I don’t think there is any federal support for legalization,” Udall told me in an interview. “I don’t see any effort by this Congress or this Senate to legalize. I just don’t see it happening. I’m not pushing for it.” Udall said the perception that people are getting locked up for smoking a little pot is off-base. “As a practical matter we don’t put people in jail for using a small amount of marijuana — nobody is going to jail for using a small amount of marijuana in a personal, home-type situation,” Udall said. “Law enforcement is focused on the drug kingpins and cartels that are working out of Mexico, and they’re focused on people way up the chain — the dealers. Those are the people we should be focused on. Those are the people making the profits and doing the damage.” (Link)

  • Martin Heinrich (D)

    NEW MEXICO

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    S. 683: CARERS

    Comments

    Rep. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat who won election to the U.S. Senate last month, said in an interview that the war on drugs “as it has been framed has not been successful.” He said New Mexico’s biggest problem with controlled substances is with hard stuff such as heroin and methamphetamines, not pot. Therefore, Heinrich said, state and federal resources should be aimed primarily at those harder drugs. And as for marijuana? “I certainly support the states being able to use medical marijuana with a prescription from a doctor, there is no question about that,” Heinrich said. “I wouldn’t say I’m briefed enough on the issue to make a commitment beyond that. “I think we need to look very closely at what the real impacts are in Colorado and Washington and what happens in those states as a result and learn from it,” Heinrich said. “That’s going to take some time.” -December 2012 (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

  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

    NEW MEXICO

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
  • Ben Ray Lujan (D)

    NEW MEXICO

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Steve Pearce (R)

    NEW MEXICO

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

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