I received the following alert from New Approach Oregon:
Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, joined by a bipartisan group of legislators, is leading the fight to protect the medical marijuana laws of Oregon, and all states, from federal interference. A budget rider that prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to prosecute medical patients and their providers is set to expire soon.
To help, please contact Oregon Representative Greg Walden and urge him to respect the will of his constituents and join the effort to continue protecting our medical marijuana laws. Also, please donate to Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Cannabis Fund to help our cause and elect candidates that support sensible cannabis policies. Already, Representative Blumenauer has raised funds topressure Texas Republican Pete Sessions to allow a vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, the provision that will continue protecting state medical cannabis laws from Jeff Session’s Justice Department. Attorney General Sessions has hinted at a change in federal policy on medical cannabis; patients need a continuation of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment.
Finally, please spread the word on social media and to family and friends across the country. Medical marijuana is supported by a supermajority of Americans, it would be a terrible tragedy and an extreme waste of our tax dollars and resources if the federal government, once again, starts arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning patients and providers acting legally under state law.
If we continue to fight together, we can win the battle to protect state medical cannabis laws from being trampled by the Trump Administration.
–Anthony Johnson, New Approach Oregon PAC Director
Below is important information from a press release issued by Congressman Earl Blumenauer:
Bipartisan Group of 66 Members of Congress Calls on Congressional Leadership to Protect State Medical Marijuana Laws
Washington, D.C. – Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging House and Senate leadership to continue state medical marijuana protections in any legislation to fund the government beyond December 8, 2017. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer provision prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
In a letter to Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi and Leader Schumer, the lawmakers wrote: “The provision, which first became law in December 2014, has successfully protected patients, providers, and businesses against federal prosecution, so long as they act within the confines of their state’s medical marijuana laws. These protections extend to 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, all of which allow some form of medical marijuana that is strictly prohibited by the federal government—from CBD oils to the full plant. The language is supported by a bipartisan majority of the House, last passing as a standalone provision by a vote of 242-186 in 2015.”
The text of the letter is below. Click here for an electronic copy.
Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer:
As you work with the Appropriations Committees to negotiate a fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill to fund the government beyond December 8, 2017, we write to express our support for the inclusion of a provision that provides protections from the federal government to states that have medical marijuana laws on the books.
The provision, which first became law in December 2014, has successfully protected patients, providers, and businesses against federal prosecution, so long as they act within the confines of their state’s medical marijuana laws. These protections extend to 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, all of which allow some form of medical marijuana that is strictly prohibited by the federal government—from CBD oils to the full plant. The language is supported by a bipartisan majority of the House, last passing as a standalone provision by a vote of 242-186 in 2015.
Specifically, we urge you to include in any final negotiated package the language adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee in July by voice vote during their markup of the FY ’18 CJS appropriations bill:
None of the funds made available under this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any such State or jurisdiction from implementing a law that authorizes the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.
We appreciate the difficult task before you. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.