Strong advocate for legal cannabis and for righting the wrongs inflicted by the war on drugs. She was an original cosponsor of the MORE and SAFE Banking Acts of 2019.
Holds office U.S. House District 1
Candidate in race for U.S. House District 1 (D)
Representative Pingree supports the legalization of marijuana and descheduling marijuana at the federal level.
Commenting on the tension between state level legalization and federal prohibition she stated: “Ever since Mainers voted to legalize marijuana, our legislature has debated how to best implement this new law. It is a complicated enough task without the federal government creating hurdles or meddling in the decisions already made by states like Maine. As a member of Congress, I’ve cosponsored legislation to uphold state laws regarding marijuana legalization. I hope the Justice Department will reconsider its one-size-fits-all approach so that congressional action is not needed.”
She also added her name to the STATES Act to protect states that have moved forward with legalization or medical cannabis laws: “I fully support efforts in Congress to keep the federal government from interfering with states like Maine that have decided to move forward with marijuana legalization. Maine voters clearly expressed their wishes to establish a legal recreational marijuana industry in our state. They shouldn’t have to worry about federal prosecution for doing what is legal in their state—the same goes for legitimate marijuana-related businesses and the institutions, such as credit unions and banks, that offer them services.
“Maine is not an outlier here—46 states now have laws permitting or decriminalizing marijuana. We should take steps to ensure that the federal government does not intrude on the rights of these state to govern within their borders.”
Representative Pingree supports patient access to marijuana for medical purposes and has voted in support of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to prevent the Department of Justice from using any funds to prosecute state compliant medical marijuana programs.
H.R.2843 - Marijuana Freedom and Oppurtunity Act (2019-2020)
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