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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

  • Ted Cruz (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: C

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    Comments

    “When it comes to a question of legalizing marijuana, I don’t support legalizing marijuana,” he told Hugh Hewitt in April. “If it were on the ballot in the state of Texas, I would vote no. But I also believe that’s a legitimate question for the states to make a determination…I think it is appropriate for the federal government to recognize that the citizens of those states have made that decision, and one of the benefits of it, you know, using Brandeis’ terms of laboratories of democracy, is we can now watch and see what happens in Colorado and Washington State.” 2/4/2016 (Link)

  • John Cornyn (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: F

    Votes

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    Comments

    When asked about Congressional action on the CARERS Act of 2015, "“I don’t think we need to go there,” added Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican and former Texas attorney general and state Supreme Court justice. “This is a more dangerous topic than what a lot of the advocates acknowledge.” 3/24/2015 (Link)
    "Cornyn said he worries that decriminalization, medical usage and removing marijuana laws from federal enforcement is a slippery slope “where a similar attitude would be embraced with regards to other illegal drugs and dangerous substances.”" 7/11/2014 (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

  • Beto O'Rourke (D)

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    NORML Grade: B+

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
    H.R. 667 Veterans Equal Access Act
    H.R. 1635 Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
    H.R. 1940 Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015
    H.R. 1538 CARERS Act of 2015
  • Joaquin Castro (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Lloyd Doggett (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Al Green (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Gene Green (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Ruben Hinojosa (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Marc Veasey (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Filemon Vela, Jr. (D)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: B

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • John Carter (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: C

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Blake Farenthold (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: C-

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • John Ratcliffe (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: C-

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635: Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
  • Brian Babin (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Joe Barton (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Kevin Brady (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Michael C. Burgess (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

    Votes

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Mike Conaway (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Henry Cuellar (D)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • John Culberson (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Bill Flores (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Louie Gohmert (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Kay Granger (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Jeb Hensarling (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Will Hurd (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Sam Johnson (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Kenny Marchant (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Michael McCaul (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Randy Neugebauer (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Pete Olson (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Ted Poe (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Mac Thornberry (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Randy Weber (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Roger Williams (R)

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    NORML Grade: D

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Pete Sessions (R)

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    NORML Grade: F

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    No sponsorships or comments

  • Lamar S. Smith (R)

    TEXAS

    NORML Grade: F

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    Comments

    "Instead of encouraging the use of marijuana, we should strengthen enforcement of federal drug laws to protect Americans from the devastating effects of drug use,” said Smith, R-San Antonio. 12/10/2013 (Link)
    "By directing federal law enforcement officers to ignore federal drug laws, the Administration is tacitly condoning the use of marijuana in the U.S.," Lamar said at the time. "If we want to win the war on drugs, federal prosecutors have a responsibility to investigate and prosecute all medical marijuana dispensaries [italics added] and not just those that are merely fronts for illegal marijuana distribution." "Decriminalizing marijuana will only lead to millions more Americans becoming addicted to drugs and greater profits for drug cartels who fund violence along the U.S.-Mexico boarder," Smith said of the new Frank/Paul legalization bill. "Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policy flies in the face of Supreme Court precedent." (Link)

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