Eight U.S. states and the nation’s capital have made marijuana legal for all adults and an additional 20 states have enacted medical marijuana laws that allow certain individuals to use and possess marijuana with recommendations from their doctors. On the federal level, the House has voted twice to end the crackdown on medical marijuana, demonstrating bipartisan support for real federal marijuana policy change.
President Trump himself recognizes the benefit of these reforms. While on the campaign trail, Trump was asked his view on state marijuana policy reform, and he consistently said it should be a states’ rights decision. There is now more momentum than ever for ending marijuana prohibition.
Click here for a summary of federal marijuana policy reform efforts introduced in the 115th Congress.
Legislation we are tracking in the 115th Congress
Protecting the Principle of Federalism in Marijuana Policies
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) reintroduced H.R. 975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, with strong bipartisan support. This legislation would modify the federal Controlled Substances Act to protect anyone acting in compliance with state marijuana laws from federal prosecution and resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, ensuring states can determine their own policies.
Additionally, Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA) introduced H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, with bipartisan support. This legislation, originally introduced in 2015 in the Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and deletes all marijuana-specific offenses found in that act. It prohibits the shipping or transportation of marijuana if the recipient would be in violation of state marijuana laws.