The Congressional Cannabis Caucus

With certain members of the Trump administration gunning for the industry, it’s easy to get discouraged about the future of recreational – and even medical – cannabis. But advocates for ending prohibition can take some comfort in the fact that a handful of bipartisan lawmakers formed the Congressional Cannabis Caucus earlier this year with the stated goal of “harmonizing federal laws that prohibit medical and recreational cannabis use with state laws that permit it.”

The four founding members of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus are Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D – Oregon), Rep. Jared Polis (D – Colorado), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R – California), and Rep. Don Young (R – Alaska). Since the Caucus’s inception, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D – California) has become a member.

“We’re stepping forward together to say we’ve got to make major changes in our country’s attitude toward cannabis,” Rep. Rohrabacher said. “And if we do, many people are going to live better lives, it’s going to be better for our country, better for people, and it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government.”

In March, Rep. Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden (D – Oregon) announced the “Path to Marijuana Reform” package of legislation, a slew of bills aimed at preserving and protecting existing state-based cannabis programs, and creating a system for the federal regulation of cannabis.

Here’s a list of the cannabis bills currently before the 115th U.S. Congress (compiled by The Cannabist):

Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017
H.R. 3391, introduced July 25, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland
Summary: To amend the Controlled Substances Act to make marijuana accessible for use by qualified marijuana researchers for medical purposes, and for other purposes.

Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act
S. 1576, introduced July 18, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado
Summary: A bill to provide that the owner of a water right may use the water for the cultivation of industrial hemp, if otherwise authorized by state law.

CARERS: Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act (bicameral)S.1374, introduced June 15, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey
H.R. 2920, introduced June 15, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – S. 683 and H.R. 1538)
Summary: A bill to extend the principle of federalism to State drug policy, provide access to medical marijuana, and enable research into the medicinal properties of marijuana.

Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act
S. 1276, introduced May 25, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California
(Reintroduced legislation from 2016 – S. 3269)
Summary: A bill to require the Attorney General to make a determination as to whether cannabidiol should be a controlled substance and listed in a schedule under the Controlled Substances Act and to expand research on the potential medical benefits of cannabidiol and other marihuana components.

Respect States and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017

H.R. 2528, introduced May 18, 2017

Primary sponsor(s): Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado; Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 3629; 2013, H.R. 964; 2012, H.R. 6606)

Summary: A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide that federal law shall not preempt state law.

Separate cannabidiol from marijuana in the CSA (bicameral)
Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2017 – S.1008, introduced May 2, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado
Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017 – H.R. 2273, introduced May 1, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – S. 1333 and H.R. 1635)
Summary: A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude cannabidiol and cannabidiol-rich plants from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (bicameral)
H.R. 2215, introduced April 27, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado
S. 1152, introduced May 17, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – S. 1726 and H.R. 2076)
Summary: To create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses, and for other purposes.

Rescheduling legislation (official title TBA)
H.R. 2020, introduced April 6, 2017
Primary sponsor(s): Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; Rep. Darren Soto, D-Florida
(New legislation)
Summary: To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act.

Better Drive Act
H.R. 1952, introduced April 5, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas
(New legislation)
Summary: To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the revocation or suspension of drivers’ licenses of individuals convicted of drug offenses, and for other purposes.

Small Business Tax Equity Act (bicameral)
S. 777, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
H.R. 1810, introduced March 30, 2017
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 1855)
Primary sponsor: Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida
Summary: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with state law.

Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act (bicameral)
S. 776, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
H.R. 1823, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 1014)
Summary: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation and regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes.

Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act (bicameral)
S. 780, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon
H.R. 1824, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon
(New legislation)
Summary: To amend the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the gap between Federal and State marijuana policy, and for other purposes.

The Veterans Equal Access Act
H.R. 1820, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 667)
Summary: To authorize Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions to veterans regarding participation in State marijuana programs.

Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol ActH.R. 1841, introduced March 30, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 1013)
Summary: To provide for the regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes. (Full bill text not yet available,)

Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017
H.R. 1227, introduced Feb. 27, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-Virginia
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – S. 2237)
Summary: To limit the application of federal laws to the distribution and consumption of marihuana, and for other purposes. Calls for the deregulation of marijuana. Prohibits inter-state shipping of marijuana.

Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017
H.R. 975, introduced Feb. 7, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California
(Reintroduced legislation 2015 – H.R. 1940)
Summary: To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the act to marihuana, and for other purposes

LUMMA (Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marihuana Act)
H.R. 714, introduced Jan. 27, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, R-Virginia
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 2373)
Summary: To provide for the legitimate use of medicinal marihuana in accordance with the laws of the various states.

Compassionate Access Act
H.R. 715, introduced Jan. 27, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, R-Virginia
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 1774)
Summary: To provide for the rescheduling of marihuana, the medical use of marihuana in accordance with state law, and the exclusion of cannabidiol from the definition of marihuana, and for other purposes.

States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Act
H.R. 331, introduced Jan. 5, 2017
Primary sponsor: Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California
(Reintroduced legislation from 2015 – H.R. 262)
Summary: To amend the Controlled Substances Act so as to exempt real property from civil forfeiture due to medical marijuana-related conduct that is authorized by state law.

The Green Solution® supports common sense legislation regulating the safe, legal use of cannabis by adults. With such a robust collection of bills before Congress, it seems likely that legal cannabis is a genie that can’t, and won’t, be put back in the bottle.