Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer has been a leading advocate for sensible cannabis policies since the early 1970s, working to end unnecessary and harmful arrests long before polling started demonstrating strong public support on the issue. After playing important roles in Oregon to legalize cannabis, Representative Blumenauer is a leading voice in Congress and he puts in time and resources to help good causes and candidates across the nation.
Yesterday, on the day that Canada legalized across the Great White North and just ahead of his trip to Missouri to help get out the vote for the Amendment 2 medical cannabis measure in the Show-me State this Saturday, Rep. Blumenauer released his blueprint for the next Congress to end federal cannabis prohibition. Additionally, he announced the Maintaining Appropriate Protections For Legal Entry (MAPLE) Act to exempt cannabis-use or participation in the industry as a disqualification for entry into the United States from a country that has ended prohibition. The bill also protects foreign nationals who engage in state-legal cannabis activities from deportation. Current U.S. law prohibits individuals who have used cannabis or work in the cannabis industry from entering the country.
Congressman released a statement yesterday: “Our federal cannabis laws are out of touch. Currently, 46 states have legalized some form of cannabis, and I am confident that legalization will get a boost from successful ballot initiatives next month. As of today, our ally to the north is outpacing us. In the short term, Congress must address the policy gap created by conflicting cannabis laws. But this chaos must end, and the only way to do that is to end marijuana prohibition once and for all.”
Please make a donation to Congressman Blumenauer so he can be as effective as possible as he works to end the harmful policy of cannabis prohibition from coast to coast. Earl has been working hard to help the cannabis community, let’s chip in to help him help us.