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Washington Marijuana Legislature

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Washington 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.

Senator

Patty Murray (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B+

Votes

Cosponsor

*S 1726 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
*S. 2504: Marijuana Advertising in Legal States (MAILS) Act

Comments

“While I have personal concerns about recreational marijuana use, I have long held that the voters of Washington state should have the right to pass initiatives and match our state’s policies with their priorities. In a time of constrained budgets, it makes sense to allow states to make hard choices and allocate law enforcement resources as they see fit. I understand and share some of the concerns expressed about our nation’s drug policy, and its effects on civil liberties, privacy, limited budgets, and courts and prisons. These issues certainly should remain a part of the nation’s ongoing drug policy debate, and I always consider these views when the Senate addresses drug issues.” 6/8/2013 (Link)

Maria Cantwell (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: C

Votes

Comments

“Washington state’s U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell wrote to the Department of Justice Tuesday, asking for answers on Washington state’s legalization of recreational marijuana. The Democratic senators, along with five Democratic members of the House representing Washington state, urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to avoid preempting the state’s new marijuana law. They also asked him not to prosecute anyone in the state who is acting in compliance with Washington’s marijuana law.” 7/16/2013 (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. 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

House of Representatives

Dennis Heck (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B+

Votes

Cosponsor

*H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
H.R. 3746: State Marijuana and Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act
H.R. 1940: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015

Suzan DelBene (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

HR 1538: CARERS
*H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
*H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

Derek Kilmer (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015

 

Rick Larsen (D)

WASHINGTON

 

 

Grade: B

Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Jim McDermott (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

*H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
H.R. 3746 State Marijuana and Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act
H.R. 2076 Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
H.R. 1940 Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015

Dan Newhouse (R)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B

Votes

No sponsorships or comments

Adam Smith (D)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: B

Votes

Cosponsor

H.R. 2076: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
H.R. 3746: State Marijuana and Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act

Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: C-

Votes

Cosponsor

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

Dave Reichert (R)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: D

Votes

Comments

“I think that again the president gave an executive order saying that these businesses could use these banks allowing the banks to go ahead and take money from these businesses as recreational pot stores. I have no problem at all with medical marijuana as long as it’s regulated and prescribed by a doctor and you can buy it at a pharmacy like other drugs we provide to people that help the conditions they might have. I think that the law in Washington, if people really sat down and took a look at it, it’s not a very well thought out law. I think you can see that in the way it’s being unrolled in a very slow, methodical, and careful way because there are a lot of unknowns in this law and I think there are a lot of hidden costs in this law, which you and I have gone over before. I have a lot of concerns about how it affects first responders and how they’re going to monitor how long the chemical stays in your system.” 3/24/2015 (Link)

Cathy McMorris Rodger (R)

WASHINGTON

 

Grade: F

Votes

Comments

McMorris Rodgers on Marijuana, Women in Politics and GOP Agenda (Link)

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