Beyond Resistance: Reforming Outdated Cannabis Laws


Dear Friends,

It is the 27th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: reforming outdated cannabis laws.

Federal cannabis laws need to change. More than 95 percent of Americans now live in states or territories that permit, to varying degrees, legal access to medical marijuana and/or cannabis derivatives. Marijuana, however, is still treated the same as heroin at the federal level. This makes no sense.

Earlier this year, I established the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan forum for members to discuss, learn, and work together to establish a better and more rational approach to federal cannabis policy. This caucus is the first of its kind, and another sign of progress being made on Capitol Hill. I’ve also worked with Senator Wyden to introduce the most comprehensive marijuana legislation to date that would bring the federal government in line with the will of the American people. These bills would protect state marijuana laws and offer a responsible pathway for the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Without congressional action, the discrepancy between state and federal law will continue a confusing patchwork of laws that trap businesses, patients, and state regulators in the middle. It’s time to reform our cannabis laws at the federal level.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here.


Earl Blumenauer

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