44 Members of Congress Call for Prohibition of Federal Interference of Legal Cannabis

BY: Chronic Staff | Recent News | May 4, 2021

A group of 44 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the congressional leaders last week of April in order to call a prohibition of federal interference with cannabis activities which are legal under state or tribal law. The letter was addressed to the members of the House Appropriations Committee Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Subcommittee and was signed by representatives led by Earl Blumenauer and Barbara Lee with Tom Mclintock and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

In the letter, the house members emphasized that as 2022 appropriations bills are being drafted, they are requesting to include language barring the Department of Justice from prosecuting those in compliance with the state or tribal marijuana laws. The letter also included that nearly all of states have passed cannabis policy reform of some sort as 48 states have enacted laws in varying degrees to relax the prohibition against use of marijuana and components such as CBD oil in which 36 states have medical marijuana programs and 17 have adult use programs.

The letter addressed the subcommittee to respect the will of the people by protecting state-legal cannabis from federal prosecution.

As per the letter as it continued, most laws were decided by ballot initiatives.

The congressional leaders who signed the letter include Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jefferies and leaders of Judiciary, Overight and Reform chairwoman and more members of the House.

Meanwhile, the political director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Justin Strekal said that the importance of this amendment lies in a jurisdiction where adult use of cannabis is legal under state statute with programs supporting 321,000 full time jobs. He said that it is time that congress acknowledge this reality and make sure that protections are in the final spending bill.