August 4, 2015

List Of Marijuana Bills Currently Being Considered By Congress

August 4, 2015
Senators Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana

United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer has put together a matrix that shows all of the marijuana related bills in Congress from this session and last session. I will always remember in 2012 when I asked one of my legislative staffer friends what he thought about marijuana and politics. He was very quick to say ‘that is political suicide.’ Here were are three years later and there is legislation in Congress for all types of things that are marijuana related.

There are a lot of bills related to medical marijuana, and even some for recreational marijuana. There are bills for hemp, for states rights, and ones for the industry. All of them have traction in Congress. That’s not to say that they are sure to pass, but it does mean that there are meaningful conversations going on in Congress, which is something that activists have worked for for a long time. Marijuana is a very popular political topic these days, which is long overdue.

Below is the matrix that was provided by Earl Blumenauer’s office. Contact your Representatives and Senators and urge them to support these pieces of legislation:


MARIJUANA LEGISLATION MATRIX – AS OF 7-24-15 – Bills that have been introduced in the 114th Congress
Assembled by the Office of Congressman Earl Blumenuaer (OR-3)
H.R./S.Legislation in the 113th & 114th CongressWhat it doesLeadIntro Date# of CosponsorsBill Number in the 113th CongressPrevious Lead
Medical Marjiuana
 States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection ActAllows for the rescheduling of marijuana in order for states’ medical marijuana programs to operate without federal interference, and be immune from prosecution under federal law, if their actions are in compliance with state and local law.   H.R. 689Blumenauer
 Truth in Trials ActAffirmative defense – allows medical marijuana patients to introduce evidence that they followed state law in federal court.   H.R. 710Farr
H.R. 262States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection ActPrevents the Department of Justice from initiating civil asset forfeiture proceedings against property owners of state-sanctioned medical marijuana treatment centersLee1/9/20151H.R. 784Lee
 Legitimate Use of Marijuana Act Moves marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. Provides that in a state in which marijuana may be prescribed for medical use, no provision of the CSA or Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit the prescription or use under state law   H.R. 4498Griffith
H.R. 1774Compassionate Access ActDirects Administration to schedule marijuana at a place other than Schedule I; removes CBD from the definition of marijuana; includes research related provisions. 4/14/20153New but similar to H.R. 4498Griffith
H.R. 1635Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp ActExcludes “therapeutic hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Therapeutic hemp is defined as marijuana with less than 0.3% THC.Perry3/25/201551H.R. 5226Perry
H.R. 667The Veterans Equal Access ActRequires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to authorize physicians and other health care workers employed by the VA to provide recommendations and opinions regarding the participation of a veteran in a state medical marijuana program. This includes authorizing them to fill out any forms involved in the process of recommending medical marijuana.Blumenauer2/3/201520H.R. 5762Blumenauer
S. 683CARERS Act of 2015Compilation of a number of medical marijuana related provisions, including provisions relating to veterans access, state rights, CBD, medical marijuana research. Also includes banking provision for both medical and adult use. Booker3/10/201514 New this Congress
H.R. 1538CARERS Act of 2015Companion to Senate bill .Cohen3/23/201516 New this Congress
Tax and Regulate
H.R. 1014Marijuana Tax Revenue ActCreates a federal excise tax on federally legal marijuana sales.Blumenauer2/20/20157H.R. 501Blumenauer
H.R. 1013Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol ActRemoves marijuana from the CSA Schedule; creates a federal regulatory framework for marijuana .Polis2/20/201517H.R. 499Polis
H.R. 525Industrial Hemp Farming Act Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, and for other purposes.Massie1/26/201558H.R. 525Massie
S.134Industrial Hemp Farming Act Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, and for other purposes.Wyden1/8/20159S. 359Wyden
States’ Rights       
 Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights ActUndoes federal preemption of state marijuana laws.   H.R. 964Degette
H.R. 1940Respect State Marijuana Laws ActLegalizes marijuana at the federal level to the extent it is legal at the state level.Rohrabacher4/22/201514H.R. 1523Rohrabacher
 National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy ActEstablishes the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy, looking at efficacy of existing policies .   H.R. 1635Cohen
H.R. 3124Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses ActTo permit the expungement of records of certain federal marijuana-related offenses.Blumenauer7/21/2015 New this Congress 
 Unmuzzle the Drug Czar ActRemoves langauge from statute prohibiting ONDCP from studying the legalization of any Schedule I substance, and requiring them to oppose attempts to legalize the use of any Schedule I substance.   H.R. 4046Cohen
 The PLANT ActEstablishes new penalties for causing environmental damage while cultivating marijuana on federal public lands or while trespassing on private property.   H.R. 2735Huffman
Industry/Business Focused        
H.R. 1855Small Business Tax Equity ActAmends Internal Revenue Code to allow for tax deductions for normal business expenses for marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law.Blumenauer4/16/201512H.R. 2240Blumenauer
S. 987Small Business Tax Equity ActSenate companion to H.R. 1855.Wyden 4/17/20153New this CongressWyden
H.R. 2076Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking ActCreates protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses.Perlmutter4/28/201529H.R. 2652Perlmutter
S. 1726Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking ActA bill to create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses, and for other purposes.Merkley7/9/20156New this Congress 



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