Representative Blumenauer has been a lead advocate for marijuana legalization in Congress and a founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
Arguably there is no stronger proponent of cannabis reform than Congressman Blumenauer.
Holds office U.S. House District 3
When Oregon legalized marijuana, Rep Blumenauer said: "Tomorrow in Oregon we end the failed prohibition of marijuana and will very soon be regulating and taxing the adult use of marijuana along the supply chain from growth to consumption. For years, Oregon has been far ahead of the federal government on marijuana policy, and now again following the will of voters is one of the first to move ahead with the legalization. One thing is certain, however – this would all be much easier without the confusing patchwork of federal and state laws that trap businesses and state regulators in the middle. We are seeing shifts at the federal level to reconcile these differences, but have much more to do to. I will continue in my efforts to reform our outdated marijuana policy and level the playing field for businesses that follow state laws and create jobs. The federal government should be a partner in building systems that work at the state level, not an obstacle. We should start with allowing these legal marijuana businesses to have bank accounts and tax them fairly."
Lead on the 2019 Blumenauer/McClintock/Norton appropriations amendment to protect legalization
H.R.3884 - Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019
It is time for Congress and the Administration to face the facts surrounding marijuana, its use and regulation, and develop a legislative framework that accounts for the inevitable transition of marijuana policy - one that is already well under way. Federal marijuana policy should be modernized to reduce confusion, uncertainty, and conflicting government priorities. Maintaining the status quo creates an inconsistent legal environment that wastes law enforcement resources and misses out on potential tax revenues.
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