Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup!
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle strongly rejected a recent move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana.
NORML Chapters across the country are starting to shift their focus from state-level lobbying efforts to Congressional Town Hall meetings for the August recess. In addition to engaging their representatives, activists will be encouraging participants to join the marijuana law reform conversation.
Spending legislation approved in the past 24 hours by members of the US House and Senate reauthorizes language protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs through this fall.
Today is the final day that Congress has to pass a short-term budget to fund the federal government and it’s up to us to make sure that lawmakers reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. This critical amendment stops Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice from targeting state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients, growers, caregivers, and providers.
This 4/20, tell your elected officials it is time for the Congress to respect the will of the majority of American citizens and end federal marijuana prohibition.
If the Justice Department won’t listen to reason, then we must take this issue out of its hands. Act now to pass the “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” to ensure that medical marijuana patients and others are protected from undue federal interference.
Members of Congress have re-authorized a federal provision prohibiting the Justice Department from interfering in state-authorized medical cannabis programs. The provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, was included in short-term spending legislation, House Resolution 2028, and will expire on April 28, 2017. NORML is encouraging you to tell the incoming Congress that these pivotal patient protections must remain included in any future federal spending bills.
Members of Congress have approved a short-term spending bill that keeps in place existing provisions protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice. Click here to read more about this week’s latest marijuana news!
Today is National Voter Registration Day and we are pleased to present this valuable voter education tool to the marijuana movement: NORML’s updated and revised 2016 Congressional Scorecard. The Scorecard is an all-encompassing database that assigns a letter grade of ‘A’ (the highest grade possible) to ‘F’ (the lowest grade possible) to members of Congress based on their comments and voting records on matters specific to marijuana policy.