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Statement on the Formation Of the Cannabis Caucus

Thursday, 16 February 2017

For Immediate Release
Press Inquiries Contact:
Justin Strekal
NORML Political Director
202-483-5500
Justin@norml.org 

Nation’s Leading Cannabis and Drug Policy Reform Advocates Commend Congressional Members on Formation of Congressional Cannabis Caucus 
The bipartisan group of representatives will develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws

Joint statement below from The National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Marijuana Policy Project, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Americans for Safe Access, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and Clergy for a New Drug Policy

WASHINGTON, DC — The nation’s leading cannabis and drug policy reform organizations commended Congressional members Thursday on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. 

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.

They represent constituents in four of the eight states that have enacted laws regulating cannabis for medical and adult use. Twenty additional states have enacted comprehensive medical cannabis laws, and 16 additional states have enacted limited or unworkable medical cannabis laws. In total, 44 states have adopted laws rolling back cannabis prohibition at the state level, representing 95% of the U.S. House of Representatives and 88% of the Senate.  

Joint statement on the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus: 

“We commend Representatives Blumenauer, Rohrabacher, Polis, and Young for their leadership on the issue of cannabis policy. The establishment of a Cannabis Caucus will allow members from both parties, who represent diverse constituencies from around the country, to join together for the purpose of advancing sensible cannabis policy reform. It will also facilitate efforts to ease the tension between federal prohibition laws and state laws that regulate cannabis for medical and adult use.

“The formation of this caucus is a testament to how far our country has come on the issue of cannabis policy. There is a growing consensus that cannabis prohibition has failed, and it is time for a more sensible approach. A strong majority of Americans support making cannabis legal for medical and adult use, and an even stronger majority believes states should be able to establish their own cannabis policies without interference from the federal government. We look forward to working with caucus members to translate this growing public sentiment into sound public policy.” 

Joint Statement by The National Organization For the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Americans for Safe Access, Marijuana Policy Project, the National Cannabis Industry Association, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and Clergy for a New Drug Policy. 

For further comment, please contact the following organization representatives:

Justin Strekal, Political Director, NORML
202-483-5500, justin@norml.org 

Michael Collins, Deputy Director National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
202-683-2981, mcollins@drugpolicy.org

Betty Aldworth, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
202-393-5280, betty@ssdp.org

Beth Collins, Senior Director of Government Relations and External Affairs, Americans for Safe Access
202-857-4272, beth@safeaccessnow.org

Robert Capecchi, Director of Federal Policies, Marijuana Policy Project
651-492-1739, rcapecchi@mpp.org

Taylor West, Deputy Director, National Cannabis Industry Association
303-223-3585, taylor@thecannabisindustry.org

Mikayla Hellwich, Media Relations Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership
240-461-3066, mikayla@lawenforcementaction.org

Brian Muraresku, Executive Director and Counsel, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation
202-930-0097, bmuraresku@dcfr.org

Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
773-494-0420, revaesharp@gmail.com

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