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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

  • Jeff Merkley (D)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: A

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    S. 683: CARERS
    *S 134: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    *S.1333: Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015
    *S. 2504: Marijuana Advertising in Legal States (MAILS) Act

    Amendments

    Veterans Equal Access Amendment
    Marijuana Banking Amendment

    Comments

    "U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley plans to vote for Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Oregon, making him the first U.S. senator to do so, according to Talking Points Memo. "I lean in support of it. I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case," Merkley said. "And there is concern about a series of new products — and we don't have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure." 10/27/2014 (Link)
    “Forcing businessmen and businesswomen who are operating legally under Oregon state law to shuttle around gym bags full of cash is an invitation to crime and malfeasance. That must end,” said Merkley. “The people of Oregon have spoken, and the federal government should make sure that legal marijuana businesses can operate properly within our banking system. It’s time to let banks serve these legal businesses without fearing devastating reprisals from the federal government.” 7/9/2015 (Link)

  • Ron Wyden (D)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    S 683 - CARERS
    *S.1333 Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015
    *S 1726 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015

    Comments

    "The serious effects that illegal drugs have on healthy families and communities cannot be ignored. Decades of scientific research shows that repeated use of illegal substances greatly increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other fatal health conditions. Even so-called “soft drugs,” like marijuana, adversely affect memory and attention span. They can also serve as a “gateway” drugs that lead to more serious drug use. I have therefore consistently voted to strengthen drug enforcement, education, and prevention measures." 7/15/2010 (Link)
    "Another wondered whether marijuana should be legal. Wyden said he wasn’t yet committed to either side of that issue, though he said it should be legal for Oregon farmers to grow industrial hemp, which is found in legal products on Oregon shelves." 10/18/2013 (Link)
    “In my view, keeping the ban on growing hemp makes about as much sense as instituting a ban on portobello mushrooms,” Wyden, who introduced a hemp legalization bill earlier this year, said on the Senate floor. “There’s no reason to outlaw a product that’s perfectly safe because of what it’s related to.” 6/4/2015 (Link)
    "Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Stands Up For Cannabis Banking" 12/27/15 (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.

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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

  • Earl Blumenauer (D)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: A+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 1940: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015
    *H.R. 1774: Compassionate Access Act
    *H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    *H.R. 1013 Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
    H.R. 3518 Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act of 2015
    H.R.3629: Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act of 2015
    *H.R. 5549 Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016
    H.R. 1538 CARERS Act of 2015

    Comments

    "Tomorrow in Oregon we end the failed prohibition of marijuana and will very soon be regulating and taxing the adult use of marijuana along the supply chain from growth to consumption. For years, Oregon has been far ahead of the federal government on marijuana policy, and now again following the will of voters is one of the first to move ahead with the legalization. One thing is certain, however – this would all be much easier without the confusing patchwork of federal and state laws that trap businesses and state regulators in the middle. We are seeing shifts at the federal level to reconcile these differences, but have much more to do to. I will continue in my efforts to reform our outdated marijuana policy and level the playing field for businesses that follow state laws and create jobs. The federal government should be a partner in building systems that work at the state level, not an obstacle. We should start with allowing these legal marijuana businesses to have bank accounts and tax them fairly."

  • Suzanne Bonamici (D)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

    ?

    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    *H.R. 4467: Marijuana Advertising in Legal States (MAILS) Act
  • Peter DeFazio (D)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
    *H.R. 525: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
  • Kurt Schrader (D)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
  • Greg Walden (R)

    OREGON

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

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.