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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

  • Mike Rounds (R)

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    NORML Grade: F

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    Marijuana: Do you support efforts to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana? Rounds: No 10/20/2014 (Link)
    They also asked about marijuana legalization and drug testing for those receiving welfare. Rounds responded, "I do not want to see marijuana legalized. I think it is a Pandora's box." 2/18/14 (Link)
    Pioneer: Is it time for marijuana to be legalized, either recreationally or medically? Rounds: “I think that the chemicals found within marijuana … should be due deference given in a medical sense, but I do not think marijuana by itself should be approved for medical purposes because we find right now that there are people coming in and they’re saying, ‘I’ve got a backache,’ and now the doctor is simply pressured to allow them to do so. Marijuana is a controlled substance for a reason. We know that with young people there are significant issues surrounding brain development when it comes to the use of marijuana. No, I don’t think it’s time to make marijuana usable for medical purposes, but I do think the chemistry within it should be refined and the active ingredients should be made available where the Food and Drug Administration says that they can appropriately regulate it and distribute it. So the part that is good for some of these kids, I think it should be made available for them in its refined form, not as a joint.” Pioneer: What about the states that do have it available for recreational use? Should those businesses have access to federally-insured banks? Rounds: “No. Not at this point. I think the decision that they’ve made in those states is a mistake. I think we have a federal law on the books that is pretty clear. Just because this administration has chosen not to enforce the law does not mean that the law is not a valid law. If they want to come to Congress and change the law, that’s a different deal. But I haven’t seen that yet … so far this administration has decided they aren’t going to enforce that law and I think that’s a mistake.” 1/11/2016 (Link)

  • John Thune (R)

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    NORML Grade: F

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    "While I understand that people have strong opinions on both sides of this debate, I do not support legalizing the use of marijuana. Currently, the medical benefits from the use of marijuana are still inconclusive, and I believe that we must be careful not to increase the availability of marijuana and the use of marijuana for nonmedical reasons. However, I support the development of alternative medications that will provide relief to patients without opening the door to substance abuse." 6/13/2014 (Link)
    "We laugh about it and make jokes about where those brownies come from, but I think it's a dangerous path," said Thune on the legalization of marijuana. "They're going to pay a price for it in Colorado, and in fact, I think they already are." 3/6/2015 (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

  • Kristi Noem (R)

    SOUTH DAKOTA

    NORML Grade: D

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