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D Chuck Grassley (R - IA) MEDICAL USE

Sen. Chuck Grassley doesn’t support legalization for recreational use. He does support hemp production and medical marijuana, though with restrictions, and he continually calls for more studies on the question of marijuana use. (September 2022)

Holds office U.S. Senate

Co-sponsored Legislation

S.253 - Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act of 2021

S.1276 - Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (2017-18)

S. 3269 Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (2015-16)


“I am in support of medicinal marijuana, but not on a willy-nilly basis,” he told Starting Line at a town hall in early September. Grassley clarified that means the medical marijuana should go through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety and efficacy checks. (September 2022)

“I want to be very careful that it’s got quality,” he said. “And in regards to recreational marijuana, I do not support it at this point because I gotta have proof that it doesn’t lead to higher, harder drugs.” (September 2022)

His opposition goes back years. (September 2022)

"Marijuana is illegal because it is dangerous. When you smoke marijuana, or use any other drug, it negatively affects your brain. It changes the way you think, your ability to learn, and how well you can remember. It can also lead to addiction and has been linked to later abuse of other drugs in long-term studies done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. For these reasons, I have opposed legislation that would legalize or otherwise expand the marijuana industry." (7/10/20)

"Our country is in the middle of an epidemic of addiction focused on heroin and prescription opioids," he said. "And just last year, the Centers for Disease Control found that people who are addicted to marijuana are three times more likely to be addicted to heroin. So if the Obama Administration is serious about addressing this epidemic, it should stop burying its head in the sand about what's happening to its enforcement priorities on recreational marijuana." (4/5/16)

Contact Chuck Grassley

Email: tcdatwyler@gmail.com

Web: https://www.grassley.senate.gov/

Phone: 202-224-3744


135 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

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