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Holds office U.S. House District 9

Candidate in race for U.S. House District 9 on Thursday, August 1, 2024


Stephen Ira Cohen (born May 24, 1949) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes the western three-fourths of Memphis. Cohen is Tennessee's first Jewish congressman.



Sponsored Legislation

H.R.127 - CARERS Act of 2019

H.R.493 - Sensible Enforcement of Cannabis Act of 2019

H.R.2093 - STATES Act

H.R.1456 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2019

H.R.2843 - Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act

Co-sponsored Legislation

H.R. 5657- Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2022

H.R. 3617- MORE Act of 2022

H.R.1588 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019

H.R.3884 - MORE Act of 2019

H.R.1456 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2019

H.R.1647 - Veterans Equal Access Act 2019-2020

H.R.2843 - The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act of 2019

H.R.2093 - STATES Act 2019-2020

H.R.1455 - REFER Act of 2019


H.R.2012 - Respect States' and Citizens' Rights Act of 2019

H.R.712 - VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019

H.R.1595 - SAFE Banking Act of 2019

H.R.331 - States' Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act (2017-2018)

H.R.975 - Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.1227 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.1810 - Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.1820 - Veterans Equal Access Act (2017-2018)

H.R.1823 - Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act (2017-2018)

H.R.1841- Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (2017-2018)

H.R.2020 - To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (2017-2018)

H.R.2215 - SAFE Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.3530 - Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

H.R.3534 - State Marihuana And Regulatory Tolerance Enforcement Act (2017-2018)

H.R.4815 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2018 (2017-2018)

H.R.4825 - MEDS Act (2017-2018)

H.R.5520 - VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (2017-2018)

H.R.6043 - STATES Act (2017-2018)



"Marijuana doesn’t kill you. Heroin and meth do, and until you deal with the truth, the kids won’t believe you at all! Absurd to criminalize marijuana like other drugs!" (03/26/22)

"Proud to vote for the #MOREAct to: - De-schedule #Cannabis - Expunge previous offenders - End the ban on #PellGrants, housing & #SNAP aid for those w/ #marijuana charges #WarOnDrugs has had a disparate/devastating impact on People of Color. #WeWantMORE cohen.house.gov/media-center/p" (12/04/20)

"The #MOREAct would legalize #marijuana, require resentencing & expungement for old marijuana convictions, & invest money in communities most affected by the failed War on Drugs. This is real reform. I’m pleased @HouseJudiciary will be considering this bill. #LegalizeIt" (09/25/19)

"The reason why it remains in Schedule I is the science," Patterson said(DEA director).
"The science?" Cohen responded. He later added, "I'm happy to hear that you believe in science, that's refreshing." But Cohen wanted to know what the DEA official's personal views on marijuana scheduling were, and Patterson delivered: He said that he was worried the country was "going down a bad path with marijuana" and that all of the national conversations around reform mainly had to do with revenue.

Cohen pushed back, arguing that adults also care about racially disproportionate arrests for non-violent marijuana offenses, for instance. Patterson said he didn't see a link between prohibitionist marijuana policies and mass incarceration, then went into a rant that concluded:


In refrence to the CARERS Act; "The consensus on medical marijuana is overwhelming and bipartisan, yet our federal drug laws continue to treat patients and the doctors and families who care for them like criminals," said Congressman Cohen. "According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 93 percent of Americans believe people should be allowed to use medically prescribed marijuana. Our bill would bring the federal government in line with the American people by allowing states to set their own marijuana policies, allowing patients and veterans to receive the treatments they need from their doctors, and improving opportunities for research on marijuana."

-Suggests that Jared Kushner plays role in Trumps Marijuana stance (2017) "I feel confident that Kushner and Ivanka Trump would advise the president not to come down harder on marijuana,"

Confronting Jeff Sessions on pot (2017) Cohen wanted to know what Sessions meant by "good people," so he rattled off the names of prominent Republicans who've smoked weed, and asked, "which of those are not good people?"

2022: Medical Marijuana Research Act, HR 5657
2022: MORE Act, HR 3617
2021: SAFE Banking Act, HR 1996
2020: MORE Act, HR 3884
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
2015: McClintock/Polis Amendment to Protect Legalization
Contact Steve Cohen

Email: beanieself@yahoo.com

Web: http://cohen.house.gov/

Phone: 202-225-3265


2268 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

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