Congressmen partner to create Cannabis Caucus

U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, are reaching across the political aisle to form a caucus to help pass federal cannabis reform laws.

Rohrabacher, a staunch marijuana industry ally and optimist when it comes to the incoming Trump administration, told DecodeDC the idea was to focus on the states’ rights argument in favor of cannabis legalization.

“There needs to be more strategy between us, those of us who are engaged in this. More of a long-term strategy,” Rohrabacher told DecodeDC, referring to the new Cannabis Caucus.

Blumenauer also has a history of strong support for the cannabis industry. For one, he’s traveled across the country to aid states in their efforts to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.

The group will likely start meeting in January, with Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky, serving as spokesman.

Rohrabacher is one of the authors of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Congress has approved legislation renewing the amendment until at least April 28 of next year.

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3 comments on “Congressmen partner to create Cannabis Caucus
  1. Paul Sorensen on

    This is great news! We need advocates inside the political system to make our voices heard. I’m proud of what Blumenauer has done to promote and protect the mj industry here in Oregon. And I will tell him.

  2. Neriah Rugarama on

    Many people and organizations who would like to get involved in th mj. Industry have not been given a chance and may be the submission of Mr. Blumenauer is bringing hope to many

  3. Rugarama Neriah on

    While cannabis has gone on to cure more than 67 diseases, it’s still elegal to grow it in many African countries,

    We are still requesting the government to give permission to the already organized companies who are ready to grow in a manner that it will be protected and first of all be utilised in pharmaceuticals to cure many diseases killing Africans, as medicines will be affordable,
    Neriah Rugarama
    Cannabis producer (to be) once permission is granted

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