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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

  • Sherrod Brown (D)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    Comments

    "While it is important to consider the potential medical benefits of marijuana, particularly for terminally ill patients whose quality of life may hinge on effective pain management, there are risks associated with making marijuana legally available. The widespread popularity and use of this drug among our nation’s youth, as well as its role as a “pipeline” drug (potentially leading to the use of heroin and other lethal drugs) distinguishes it from other controlled substances, and we must be particularly careful before creating the potential for expanded access and use." 10/8/2010 (Link)
    "Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he has serious concerns about the push to legalize marijuana in Ohio. "There are far too many" unanswered questions about the impact of legalizing marijuana, Brown, D-Ohio, told reporters in a conference call.H e said he was particularly concerned about children consuming pot baked into food products. "I want to make sure children don't get access to marijuana in that way or other ways," Brown said. "I have significant concerns about it," Brown said. "It's a step that we should take with great caution." Brown said he does support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. "The evidence is in that it works for a number of patients" to help manage their illnesses, the Ohio Democrat said. 7/9/2015

  • Rob Portman (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    Republican Senator Rob Portman admits to smoking marijuana when he was younger. 5/6/2013 (Link)
    "We should not throw in the towel," Portman said. "Instead, we should be saying to young people, 'There is a better way for you to have a healthy and productive life, and that's not to get into drug use and drug abuse.'" "Portman, who like many of his generation has admitted to smoking marijuana in his youth, said he does not support legalization. Instead, he said, efforts should focus on drug prevention and rehabilitation. He mentioned his ongoing efforts to support drug prevention and recovery through the Drug-Free Communities Act."What I support is a whole different approach with regard to drug use, and that is spending less money on the prosecution and incarceration side and more money on prevention and education, which I know works." He said a community-wide coalition he started about 20 years ago, focusing on drug abuse in his hometown of Cincinnati (which he represented in the House of Representatives), "has had great success, and relative to other areas that don't have coalitions, these coalitions are doing a great job." The Drug-Free Communities Act, for which which Portman is trying to get congressional reauthorization, has helped establish about 2,000 such coalitions, Portman said."So that's the approach that I think we ought to be taking," he said. Legalizing marijuana "is the wrong message to send," he said, "and instead I think we should be focused more on prevention and education. I know it works." As for his own pot smoking, Portman told The Plain Dealer in 2005 that it occurred when he was in school. "This was an era when almost everybody did it," the senator, now 59, said. "It's something I regret." 5/15/2015 “I’m very concerned about this,” Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said of Issue 3. With the heroin epidemic ravaging Ohio, Portman said, “we should not be sending the message to our young people that this is somehow socially acceptable” to use drugs.Portman said the 10-farm limit on commercial cultivation makes Issue 3 even more objectionable. “I don’t understand why the voters of Ohio should be giving certain private entities the ability to corner the market on anything,” Portman said. “That’s just wrong.” 9/13/2015 (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

  • Joyce Beatty (D)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Marcia Fudge (D)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • David Joyce (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Marcy Kaptur (D)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Tim Ryan (D)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: B

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
  • Steve Stivers (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: B-

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
  • Bill Johnson (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Jim Jordan (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Bob Latta (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Jim Renacci (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Pat Tiberi (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Mike Turner (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Brad Wenstrup (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Steve Chabot (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    "He’s against legalizing pot for both recreational and medical use. He feels where it is legal medicinally, it broadens access for other users." 6/18/2015 (Link)

  • Bob Gibbs (R)

    OHIO

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    "Legalizing marijuana will have a detrimental effect to public safety and society," 3/9/2016 (Link)

  • Warren Davidson (R)

    OHIO

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    No sponsorships or comments

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