Andy Harris is the sponsor the DC rider that prohibits DC from spending money on cannabis legalization.
Holds office U.S. House District 1
H.R.3391 - Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
H.R.5657 - Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2021
H.R.2331 - No Welfare for Weed Act of 2015 (2015-2016)
“Oh, my gosh,” Harris said in an interview when asked about the exchange and his comments about jobs and education in Washington. “If you look at the data on academic achievement, graduation rates — even the potential for lowering IQ among adolescents who use marijuana — it’s all bad. There is no good news there,” he said. 4/11/19
"I think much more research has to be done on marijuana before you expend its legality," Harris says.
While Harris is no fan of marijuana, he's sponsoring a bill that would remove restrictions on studying the plant so that there's better science around it. Other supporters of that bill think more studies will show the health benefits of weed, though Harris thinks they'll reveal its harmful components. In the meantime, he says, there shouldn't be any efforts at the federal level to protect a state's recreational marijuana laws.
"Part of my frustration in the entire debate around legalizing medical marijuana is that there really isn't good scientific evidence about what it's good for and what it's not good for," Harris, who still practices medicine, told The Baltimore Sun. "We really don't have good data supporting widespread use."
"We need to know one way or another [if] marijuana has the widespread medical uses people claim," says Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md. Harris, a medical doctor reviled by reformers for his role blocking regulated recreational pot sales in the nation's capital, says he's serious about research, which he believes will prove pot "actually has quite limited usefulness in the smoked raw product." "I would assume they would go with the intent of Congress to remove as many obstacles as possible to doing rigorous scientific research on medical marijuana," he says."The bottom line is marijuana can be available from many sources as long as we test for the components being tested," Harris says. "Multi-sourcing the product could be one possible way to make research easier."
"I would hope that the D.C. residents would turn down legalization," Harris said. "If they don't, I think that Congress will have an opportunity next year to comment on it, both through the normal authorization process or through appropriations if necessary."
"It is illegal under the law. This is an example of the administration not wanting to enforce the law," Harris says. "If the administration thinks the law ought to be changed, go to Congress and change the law. "We don't take lightly interfering in D.C. home rule, but when they make clearly bad decisions. Look, unemployment is high among youth in D.C. Is anybody advancing the argument legalizing marijuana is going to reduce youth unemployment? Education performance of youth in D.C. is lower than the national average. Does anybody make an argument this is going to improve educational performance in D.C.? This is where I think D.C. made a bad decision about its own rule and we have - the Congress has - the ultimate authority."
Cosponsred "No Welfare for Weed Act"
2021: The Medical Marijuana Research Act, HR 5657
2021: The MORE Act, HR 3617
2021: The SAFE Banking Act, HR 1996
2019: The SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595
2019: Blumenauer/McClintock/Norton Amendment to Protect Legalization
2016: Veterans Equal Access Amendment
2015: Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment to Protect Medical
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