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Please join us in asking Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano to include language in their FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice from prosecuting those acting in
compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws.
To date, forty-six states have enacted laws that, to varying degrees, relax their prohibitions against the medicinal use of marijuana or its components, such as CBD oil. Despite this wave of change, federal law remains inflexible, strictly prohibiting the
use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes.
Since 2014, a bipartisan coalition in both chambers has worked to prohibit the Department of Justice from expending appropriated funds to prosecute those in compliance with their state’s laws. However, since appropriations bills are only temporary in nature,
the provision must be renewed every year. For this reason, we urge you to join us in signing onto the letter below, which asks Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano to include limitation language in their base FY 2019 CJS appropriations bill.
Please have your staff contact Laura Thrift in Rep. Blumenauer’s office should you wish to sign onto our letter. The deadline to cosign is Tuesday, March 13. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Dana Rohrabacher Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:
As you prepare the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you include language barring the Department of Justice from prosecuting those who comply with their state’s medical
marijuana laws. We believe such a policy is not only consistent with the wishes of a bipartisan majority of the members of the House, but also with the wishes of the American people.
Since 2014, the House of Representatives has consistently supported such language – first by a vote of 219-189 in 2014, and most recently by a vote of 242-186 in 2015. Since 2015, the Senate Committee on Appropriations has consistently supported identical
language – first by a vote of 22-8 in 2015, by a vote of 21-8 in 2016, and most recently by voice vote in 2017. We believe that the consistent, bipartisan support for such protections against federal enforcement, combined with the fact that similar language
has been in place since December 2014, makes a strong case for including similar language in your base FY 2019 appropriations bill.
Because of parliamentary restrictions on what may be offered as a floor amendment to appropriations bills, the amendment has historically been narrowly structured. To provide the Department of Justice, states, and the residents of those states additional
clarity and stability, we request that you include slightly modified language that reads as follows:
None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used to enforce federal prohibitions involving the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes that are permitted by the laws of the
state, the District of Columbia, or US. territory where the act was committed, or to prevent states, the District of Columbia, or US. territories from implementing their own laws that permit the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for
In closing, we reiterate our support for the inclusion of this limitation on the Department of Justice. We appreciate the difficult task before you and appreciate your consideration of our request.
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