Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard*, Taylor*, Polis, Blumenauer, Young, Amash, Rohrabacher, Grijalva,
Cohen, Raskin, Perlmutter, O’Rourke, Hunter, Jayapal, Khanna,
McNerney, Lee, Lofgren, Capuano, Kihuen, Swalwell,
Evans, Quigley, Pocan, Beyer, Soto, Heck,
Hank Johnson, Hanabusa, Eshoo, Norton, Pingree, Joyce,
Correa, McGovern, Schakowsky, Adam Smith, McCollum, Moulton
Organizational Support: endorsed by NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Americans for Safe Access,
Hawthorne Gardening Company, and the Virginia Hemp Coalition.
Even though 31 states have legalized medical marijuana and over 60 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Enforcing federal prohibition
of marijuana will only serve to increase incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.
We invite you to cosponsor the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1227). This legislation is aimed at removing marijuana from Schedule 1 and eliminating criminal penalties for individuals who
grow, buy, or use marijuana in states that have legalized marijuana. The majority of states already support decriminalization, thus it is imperative and timely that we pass this legislation.
H.R. 1227 would achieve the following:
- Allow states to make independent choices as they pertain to marijuana laws;
- Allow a multibillion dollar hemp industry to flourish;
- Permit federally insured banks and credit institutions to enter the market without risk of federal intervention;
- Reduce the War on Drugs’ $51 billion annual cost to taxpayers;
- Protect the rights of over 70 million Americans living in states that have legalized recreational marijuana;
Permit medical use and innovation in the cannabis industry to achieve healthcare goals, including pain management, opioid addiction therapy, treatment for seizures and those with epilepsy, cancer treatment, treatment for depression,
anxiety, eating disorders, ALS, and PTSD; and
- Prevent the Department of Justice from trampling on state sovereignty and creating uncertainty for state-legalized marijuana programs.
H.R. 1227 is our opportunity to remove marijuana from the federal controlled substances list 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.firstname.lastname@example.org) with Rep. Gabbard’s office.
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