Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Patrick.Koetzle@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Cosponsors: Taylor, Polis, Blumenauer, Young, Amash, Rohrabacher, Grijalva, Cohen, Raskin, Perlmutter, O’Rourke, Hunter, Jayapal, Khanna, McNerney, Lee, Lofgren, Capuano, Pocan, Quigley, Evans, Kihuen, Swalwell, Beyer, Soto,
Heck, Hank Johnson, and Hanabusa

 

Dear Colleague,

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys rescinding protective policies that discouraged enforcement of federal controlled substance laws in states that have legalized marijuana.  Rescinding non-interference policies,
including the Cole Memo, is an attack on state sovereignty that will lead to a federal crackdown on States’ rights. This will impede patients’ and veterans’ access to critical medicine, and halt an industry that is growing and improving local economies.

We invite you to become a cosponsor of the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1227), aimed at removing marijuana from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, and eliminating criminal penalties for individuals who grow, buy, or use
marijuana in states where it is legal. The majority of states  already support decriminalizing marijuana —  it is imperative and timely that we pass this legislation now.

It is of great concern that AG Sessions’ statements and actions express that legalized marijuana is to blame for drug trafficking and enhanced crime rates.  This new policy imperils 29 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, who have all
legalized marijuana for medical or non-medical use. Enforcing the federal prohibition will increase incarcerations and continue the proliferation of opioids, which is killing generations of Americans and veterans.

As our country is ravaged by an unyielding opioid epidemic, the Justice Department is turning a blind eye to Big Pharma’s lies about the addictive nature of their drugs, and their culpability in the lives that have been ruined and lost. Scientists and researchers
are developing safer and more effective medicines from cannabis that don’t carry the negative side-effects of opioids  while studies demonstrate that in states with legalized medical marijuana, there has been a sizable drop in opioid-related deaths.

Finally,  millions of veterans currently suffer from PTSD and chronic pain. While cannabis is an effective treatment for both serious and potentially fatal conditions, many Vets continue to live with untreated PTSD and other ailments. Veterans die of opiate
overdoses at nearly double the national average.  In many cases, medical cannabis is a safer, and more effective treatment compared to highly addictive prescription opioids.

H.R. 1227 is our opportunity to remove marijuana from the federal controlled substances list, allowing for research and the use of safer pain management alternatives. We owe it to our constituents to defend the Tenth Amendment, and to allow our states the
freedom to regulate marijuana as they choose, without federal inference.

We welcome your support in co-sponsoring this legislation and urging House leadership to bring it to the floor for a vote. If you have any questions or if you would like to sign on, please contact Patrick Koetzle (Patrick.koetzle@mail.house.gov)
with Rep. Gabbard’s office or Tripp Grant (Tripp.Grant@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Garrett’s Office.

Sincerely,

 

Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress

 

Tom Garrett

Member of Congress

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