Holds office U.S. House District 7
H.R.1456 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2019
H.R.2843 - Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act
"More than 90% of Americans support legalizing marijuana in some way. Let’s listen to them: legalize it, expunge records, and right the wrongs of the racist War on Drugs." (4/20/22)
"Over 90% of Americans support legalizing marijuana in some fashion. Let’s legalize it, expunge records, and invest in the communities hit hardest by the racist War on Drugs." (4/20/21)
"In Congress, we should pass the Marijuana Justice Act: It would both legalize marijuana and enact restorative justice for impacted communities." (4/27/18)
"I am a proud co-sponsor of the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. This bill has bipartisan support. Trump and Sessions are completely out of step with some members of their own party and with a majority of the American people." (4/5/2018)
"I'm extremely disappointed in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' attempt to disregard the will of the people and return us to the days of prohibition and the war on drugs.
"At a time of broad public support for marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform, we should be moving forward - not going back to outdated and harmful policies that do little to enhance public safety and disproportionately hurt people of color.
"Washington voters led the way in legalizing marijuana five years ago, taking an important step in reducing mass incarceration, strengthening public health, and bolstering our economy - and I will fight for them. I will be working with my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan way to address this issue. Republicans who have an actual commitment to state's rights should speak out now against this decision."
On Cole memo, "Congresswoman Maria Jayapal blasted Sessions' move, saying she was 'extremely disappointing' and that legal marijuana took an important step in "strengthening public health." (1/4/18)
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