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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

  • Orrin Hatch (R)

    UTAH

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    *S.1333 Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015
    *S. 3077 Marijuana Effective Drug Studies (MEDS) Act of 2016
    *S. 2557 SUCCESS Act

    Comments

    "Throughout my entire Senate career, I’ve taken a strong stand against illegal drugs. The proliferation of cocaine, meth and other addictive, mind-altering substances has had a devastating effect on homes and communities. CBD is not like any of those substances. It is not addictive. To the contrary, it has shown promise in treating addiction. Rather than harming families, it can help make their lives better. I continue to oppose marijuana and efforts to legalize its use. I remain unconvinced by claims that it is safe and that the side effects it causes are no big deal. Stories of children being rushed to the hospital for accidentally consuming marijuana edibles belie the notion that marijuana is a safe drug. In fact, I am currently working on legislation to help protect children from the dangers of edible marijuana products. But I also believe that when a drug is safe and can improve people’s lives, Congress should not stand in the way. That CBD is derived from the cannabis plant does not mean we should be scared to have anything to do with it. Legalizing CBD is a compassionate, common-sense move that will bring relief to thousands of suffering children. I am glad to stand with my colleagues in supporting the Charlotte’s Web Act and look forward to helping it move through Congress and to the president’s desk." 6/28/2015 (Link)

  • Mike Lee (R)

    UTAH

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

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    Cosponsor

    S. 1333: Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015

    Comments

    "To illustrate the need for changes in drug sentencing, Lee highlighted the case of his constituent, Weldon Angelos, the 36-year-old father of three from Utah, who was sentenced to 55 years in a federal prison after being arrested for selling marijuana three times to a police informant. When Lee was a federal prosecutor in Salt Lake City in 2004, one of Lee’s colleagues prosecuted Angelos. But Lee has now called on President Obama to grant him clemency. On Tuesday, the former federal judge who sentenced him, Paul G. Cassell, also called on President Obama to grant him clemency." 2/10 (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

  • Rob Bishop (R)

    UTAH

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

    ?

    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635 Charlotte's Web Medical Access Act of 2015
  • Jason Chaffetz (R)

    UTAH

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

    ?

    Comments

    “The recreational consumption of marijuana is not something I’ve been in favor of,” said Chaffetz. He suggested Congress could address the issue before he takes the gavel, saying, “There’s not much I can do about it.”

  • Mia Love (R)

    UTAH

    NORML Grade: B

    Votes

    ?

    No sponsorships or comments

  • Chris Stewart (R)

    UTAH

    NORML Grade: C

    Votes

    ?

    Cosponsor

    H.R. 1635 Charlotte's Web Medical Access 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.