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Texas Marijuana Legislature

Texas Congress

 

Senate Bills

Daines/Merkley Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use.

Mikulski Amendment Protecting State Medical Marijuana Laws

Limits the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed operations that are acting in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states.

Merkley Marijuana Banking Amendment

Prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive actions against banks that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are operating legally under state laws.

Senators

Ted Cruz (R)

TEXAS

 

Grade: C
Votes

Comments“When it comes to a question of legalizing marijuana, I don’t support legalizing marijuana,” he told Hugh Hewitt in April. “If it were on the ballot in the state of Texas, I would vote no. But I also believe that’s a legitimate question for the states to make a determination…I think it is appropriate for the federal government to recognize that the citizens of those states have made that decision, and one of the benefits of it, you know, using Brandeis’ terms of laboratories of democracy, is we can now watch and see what happens in Colorado and Washington State.” 2/4/2016 (Link)

John Cornyn (R)

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Grade: F
Votes

CommentsWhen asked about Congressional action on the CARERS Act of 2015, ““I don’t think we need to go there,” added Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican and former Texas attorney general and state Supreme Court justice. “This is a more dangerous topic than what a lot of the advocates acknowledge.” 3/24/2015 (Link) “Cornyn said he worries that decriminalization, medical usage and removing marijuana laws from federal enforcement is a slippery slope “where a similar attitude would be embraced with regards to other illegal drugs and dangerous substances.”” 7/11/2014 (Link)

House Bills

Veterans Equal Access Amendment

Permits physicians affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend cannabis therapy to veterans in states that allow for its therapeutic use.

McClintock/Polis Amendment

Seeks to halt Justice Department interference among individuals and businesses engaged in state-compliant transactions particular to both the medical or recreational use of cannabis.

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment

Prohibits the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs and the patients who rely on them.

House of Representatives

Beto O’Rourke (D)

TEXAS

 

Grade: B+
Votes

Cosponsor*H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 H.R. 667 Veterans Equal Access Act H.R. 1635 Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 H.R. 1940 Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 H.R. 1538 CARERS Act of 2015

Joaquin Castro (D)

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Grade: B
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Lloyd Doggett (D)

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Grade: B
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Al Green (D)

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Grade: B
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Gene Green (D)

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Grade: B
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Ruben Hinojosa (D)

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NORML Grade: B
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Sheila Jackson Lee (D)

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Grade: B
Votes
 

No sponsorships or comments

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)

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Grade: B
Votes
 

No sponsorships or comments

Marc Veasey (D)

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Grade: B
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Filemon Vela, Jr. (D)

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NORML Grade: B
Votes
 

No sponsorships or comments

John Carter (R)

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Grade: C
Votes

No sponsorships or comments

 

Blake Farenthold (R)

TEXAS

 

Grade: C-
Votes

No sponsorships or commentsnt.