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Virginia 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. More info

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. More info

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. More info‘N/A’ means that the Senator did not have the opportunity to vote on this amendment

Virginia Senators

Mark Warner (D)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

S. 1333: Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015
S. 134: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

Comments

When contacted by NORML a staffer responded, “Senator Warner supports the use of medical marijuana when used appropriately, and thinks that Virginia should “wait until there is more data from Colorado and Washington state” in terms of legalizing marijuana for non-medical use.”

Tim Kaine (D)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: C+

Votes

Comments

“I’ve never been a legalization fan. I just haven’t been. Just for a whole series of both health- and sort of crime-related reasons, I think that would not be a good idea.”

“I have generally been for reexamination of sentences because I think often, for sentences for marijuana and marijuana usage, I think some sentences are too strict,” he said. “These are often, if they’re nonviolent crimes, I think it could be handled in a different way on a sentencing standpoint. But in terms of the decriminalization of marijuana, I’ve never been a proponent.”

He “support[s]drastic changes in sentencing laws” but “wouldn’t vote for a law at the federal or state level that would decriminalize marijuana.”

“I actually kind of like this notion of the states as labs and they can experiment [with legalizing marijuana]and we can see what happens,” he said.

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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. More info

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. More info

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment

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

Senators

Don Beyer (D)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: A

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
H.R. 667: Veterans Equal Access Act
H.R. 1013: Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act
H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015
H.R. 3518: Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act of 2015

Gerry Connolly (D)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
H.R. 1538 CARERS Act of 201

Scott Rigell (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 1635 Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015

Bobby Scott (D)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

 Robert Hurt (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: C

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
H.R. 1774 Compassionate Access Act

Morgan Griffith (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: C-

Votes

Cosponsor

*H.R. 5549 Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016

 

Dave Brat (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: D

Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Barbara Comstock (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: D

Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Bob Goodlatte (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: D

Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Rob Wittman (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: C

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 1635: Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015

 

Randy Forbes (R)

VIRGINIA

 

Grade: F

Votes

No sponsorships or comments

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