While marijuana law reforms continue to move forward statewide, pressure is also mounting in Washington, DC. Over a dozen marijuana law reform bills are now before Congress and it is pivotal that lawmakers take action. Why? Because US Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not believe that you are a good person and because the new administration continues to give indications that they don’t respect state marijuana laws, including those laws that allow for its medical use.
That is why, in order to ensure our victories at the state level, we must achieve victory at the federal level.
If you have yet to do so, please send a message to your lawmakers today in support of each of these federal efforts:
Tell Your Congressional Representative: Join the Cannabis Caucus
Members: 4 total (2-D/2-R)
With public support for reforming marijuana laws at an all time high, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) have formed the first-ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.
The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act
Co-Sponsors: 19 total (9-D/10-R)
HR 975 states that federal anti-drug laws “shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.’’
States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act
Co-Sponsors: 6 total (6-D/0-R)
HR 331 halts the federal government from taking civil forfeiture action against properties involved in state-sanctioned, medical marijuana-related conduct. If approved, it would “amend the Controlled Substances Act ... to exempt real property from civil forfeiture due to medical marijuana-related conduct that is authorized by state law.”
The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act)
Co-Sponsors: House 36 total (29-D/7-R)
Senate 9 total (7-D/2-R)
HR 2215 allows state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions. If enacted, banks would no longer face the threat of federal sanction for working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Small Business Tax Equity Act
Co-Sponsors: House 15 total (14-D/1-R)
Senate 4 total (3-D/1 R)
SB 777 and HB 1810 amend the federal tax code so that state-licensed, marijuana-related businesses are no longer unduly penalized by federal laws. NORML supports these legislative efforts. These measures amend Section 280E of the Federal Income Tax Code so that state-compliant marijuana operators for the first time can take business deductions for standard expenses such as rent and employee compensation and benefits — just like other legally licensed business entities.
The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act
Co-Sponsors: 12 total (7-D/5-R)
HR 1227 eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation provides states with the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.
The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act / Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
Co-Sponsors: House 13 total (13-D/0-R)
Senate 1 total (1-D/0-R)
Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate -- The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act / Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act -- (SB 776 and HB 1841 / HB 1823) to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. In addition to removing marijuana from the United States Controlled Substances Act, this legislation also removes enforcement power from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in matter concerning marijuana possession, production, and sales — thus permitting state governments to regulate these activities as they see fit. An additional excise tax would be levied on the sale of marijuana.
NORML thanks you in advance for your continued commitment to reform of our nation’s marijuana laws. We have made so many advancements together that we cannot give up now.
Together, we will re-legalize it,
The NORML Team
P.S. Our effort is supported by thousands of people throughout the country as we work to advance marijuana reform in all 50 states and the federal level. Can you kick in $5, $10 or $20 a month to help us keep going?