Sending Office: Honorable Jared Polis
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Protect States’ Rights!

Deadline extended to March 14th

Current co-signers (44): Reps. Rosen, Titus, Pocan, Rohrabacher, Young (AK), Cohen, Curbelo, Blumenauer, Welch, Coffman, Lee, DeGette, Lewis, Vargas, Lujan Grisham, Walz, Crist, Pingree, Doyle, Moulton, Beyer, Raskin, Hanabusa, Tsongas,
McNerney, Crowley, Jayapal, Buck, DeFazio, Courtney, Perlmutter, Brown, Correa, Amash, Schakowsky, Heck, Huffman, Capuano, Gaetz, Rush, Carbajal, Jones, Nadler, and Lofgren.

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee requesting that the “McClintock-Polis Amendment” language be included in the FY19 appropriations bill. The language would prevent the Department
of Justice from using any funds appropriated by Congress to enforce federal laws regarding activities that are legal under state law with regard to marijuana, regardless of whether the marijuana laws are recreational or medicinal.

Many of you signed a letter in January regarding the McClintock-Polis Amendment, shortly after the administration announced the repeal of the Cole Memo. This letter includes the same ask, but is specific to Fiscal Year 2019.

I hope you will join us in supporting states’ rights. If you would like sign this letter please contact Tom Clancy (Rep. Polis) at or Madison Biedermann (Rep. McClintock) at



Tom McClintock

Member of Congress

Jared Polis                                                                   

Member of Congress    


Chairman John Culberson

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

H-310 U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515


Ranking Member José Serrano

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

2354 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515


Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:

We write regarding funding for the Department of Justice in the FY 2019 appropriations legislation. Specifically, we are concerned about the Department of Justice enforcing federal marijuana law in a way that blocks implementation of marijuana reform laws
in those states that have passed such reforms.

The issue at hand is whether the federal government’s marijuana policy violates the principles of federalism and the Tenth Amendment.  Consistent with those principles, we believe that states ought to retain jurisdiction over most criminal justice matters
within their borders.  This is how the Founders intended our system to function. 

Experiences of states that have legalized marijuana, as compared to the experiences of states that have not, constitute the very “laboratories” of social and economic experiments that were described by Chief Justice Louis Brandeis when he wrote about the
beauty of the Tenth Amendment.  Our constitutional framework has afforded the whole nation the chance to allow states to differ on many matters of public policy, including marijuana.

We ask that the subcommittee draft this appropriations bill to include the following language:

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used to prevent any of the several states from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on non-Federal lands
within their respective jurisdictions.

Thank you for your consideration.



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Rep. Tom McClintock                                                         Rep. Jared Polis         

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