There is a new Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Four lawmakers representing states that have legalized weed have launched the first ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
Jared Polis (D-Colorado), Dana Rohorabacher (R-California), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and Don Young (R-Alaska) say they want to work together on legislation related to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.
The Congressional Cannabis Caucus plans to pursue new laws that would allow more government research into cannabis, increase access to medical marijuana for military veterans and reform tax and banking laws for pot businesses.
Each of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus members is already pushing legislation related to cannabis policies. Rohrabacher — who smokes to help treat chronic pain — has a bill that would protect people who use cannabis in compliance with their state’s laws.
“It makes no sense that under federal law, marijuana is classified alongside heroin and cocaine.”
—Rep. Jared Polis
The Congressmen launched the new caucus just one week after Jeff Sessions, who is famously anti-pot, was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General.
During a committee hearing last April, Sessions said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
But the members of the Caucus say they are hoping that President Trump, who has said he would prefer marijuana policy to be decided by the states, will keep Sessions in line.
“We’re hoping, given that now he works for the president, he’ll maintain those policy commitments that were made during the campaign,” Polis said.
Many polls have shown that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana in some form, and more states are leaning toward legalization.
In Texas for example, a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune polls shows 83 percent of Texans support legalizing marijuana in some form.