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Congress Votes To Block Feds From Enforcing Marijuana Laws In Legal States

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The House of Representatives approved a far-reaching measure on Thursday to prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state marijuana laws, including those allowing recreational use, cultivation and sales.


The amendment, which also shields cannabis laws in Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories, is now attached to a large-scale appropriations bill to fund parts of the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020.

The inclusion of adult-use programs represents a significant expansion of an existing policy that protects only local medical cannabis laws from federal intervention which was first enacted in 2014 and has since been extended through annual spending bills.


The broader rider was approved in a floor vote of 267 to 165, a tally that is considered by legalization supporters to be an indication of how much support there is in Congress for more comprehensive and permanent changes to federal marijuana policies.

“This is the most significant vote on marijuana reform policy that the House of Representatives has ever taken,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “Today’s action by Congress highlights the growing power of the marijuana law reform movement and the increasing awareness by political leaders that the policy of prohibition and criminalization has failed.”



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knucklehead bob
16 hours ago, Stewart169 said:

Where can I find out which way my Congress critters voted ?


On the Democratic side, Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), who have historically been hostile to cannabis reform, also voted for the measure this time around.

On the flip side, here are all 41 Republicans who bucked party leadership in voting in favor of the amendment:

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH)

Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

Rep. James Comer (R-KY)

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)

Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)

Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR)

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK)

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH)

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL)

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)

Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI)

Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA)

Rep. Amata Radewagen (R)

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)

Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA)

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX)

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL)

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL)

Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS)

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Who Voted To Let The Feds Arrest Their Constituents?

While the increased number of votes in favor of the amendment seems to correspond, in part, with the rising number of states with legal marijuana programs, there were 17 members representing legal states who voted against protecting consumers who participate in their state’s cannabis system. Here’s a breakdown:


Rep. Ken Calvert (R)

Rep. Paul Cook (R)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R)

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R)


Rep. Doug Lamborn (R)

Rep. Scott Tipton (R)


Rep. Mike Bost (R)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)

Rep. Darin LaHood (R)

Rep. John Shimkus (R)


Rep. Jack Bergman (R)

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R)

Rep. John Moolenarr (R)

Rep. Tim Walberg (R)


Rep. Mark Amodei (R)


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)



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