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 Congress What it does Lead Intro Date # of Cosponsors Bill Number in the 113th Congress Previous Lead
Medical Marjiuana
  States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act Allows 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. 689 Blumenauer
  Truth in Trials Act Affirmative defense – allows medical marijuana patients to introduce evidence that they followed state law in federal court.       H.R. 710 Farr
H.R. 262 States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act Prevents the Department of Justice from initiating civil asset forfeiture proceedings against property owners of state-sanctioned medical marijuana treatment centers Lee 1/9/2015 1 H.R. 784 Lee
  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. 4498 Griffith
H.R. 1774 Compassionate Access Act Directs Administration to schedule marijuana at a place other than Schedule I; removes CBD from the definition of marijuana; includes research related provisions.   4/14/2015 3 New but similar to H.R. 4498 Griffith
H.R. 1635 Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act Excludes “therapeutic hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Therapeutic hemp is defined as marijuana with less than 0.3% THC. Perry 3/25/2015 51 H.R. 5226 Perry
H.R. 667 The Veterans Equal Access Act Requires 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. Blumenauer 2/3/2015 20 H.R. 5762 Blumenauer
S. 683 CARERS Act of 2015 Compilation 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. Booker 3/10/2015 14   New this Congress
H.R. 1538 CARERS Act of 2015 Companion to Senate bill . Cohen 3/23/2015 16   New this Congress
Tax and Regulate
H.R. 1014 Marijuana Tax Revenue Act Creates a federal excise tax on federally legal marijuana sales. Blumenauer 2/20/2015 7 H.R. 501 Blumenauer
H.R. 1013 Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act Removes marijuana from the CSA Schedule; creates a federal regulatory framework for marijuana . Polis 2/20/2015 17 H.R. 499 Polis
H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, and for other purposes. Massie 1/26/2015 58 H.R. 525 Massie
S.134 Industrial Hemp Farming Act Amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana, and for other purposes. Wyden 1/8/2015 9 S. 359 Wyden
States’ Rights              
  Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act Undoes federal preemption of state marijuana laws.       H.R. 964 Degette
H.R. 1940 Respect State Marijuana Laws Act Legalizes marijuana at the federal level to the extent it is legal at the state level. Rohrabacher 4/22/2015 14 H.R. 1523 Rohrabacher
  National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act Establishes the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy, looking at efficacy of existing policies .       H.R. 1635 Cohen
H.R. 3124 Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act To permit the expungement of records of certain federal marijuana-related offenses. Blumenauer 7/21/2015   New this Congress  
  Unmuzzle the Drug Czar Act Removes 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. 4046 Cohen
  The PLANT Act Establishes new penalties for causing environmental damage while cultivating marijuana on federal public lands or while trespassing on private property.       H.R. 2735 Huffman
Industry/Business Focused              
H.R. 1855 Small Business Tax Equity Act Amends Internal Revenue Code to allow for tax deductions for normal business expenses for marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law. Blumenauer 4/16/2015 12 H.R. 2240 Blumenauer
S. 987 Small Business Tax Equity Act Senate companion to H.R. 1855. Wyden 4/17/2015 3 New this Congress Wyden
H.R. 2076 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act Creates protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses. Perlmutter 4/28/2015 29 H.R. 2652 Perlmutter
S. 1726 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act A bill to create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses, and for other purposes. Merkley 7/9/2015 6 New this Congress