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Democrat Peters supported and co-sponsored the MORE Act, and has proposed legislation to expedite research with state-legal cannabis. 

Holds office U.S. House District 50

Sponsored Legislation

HR 8540 - DANK Act - Developing and Nationalizing Key Cannabis Research  2022


"The MORE Act reforms harmful and outdated federal laws by correcting injustices that have disproportionately hurt communities of color. I’m proud to support this bill which helps California patients, veterans, and cannabis business owners. It’s a step toward righting the wrongs of our nation’s war on drugs and aligns with the consensus that federal law must be brought in line with California’s. Additionally, by descheduling marijuana, this bill removes some of the barriers that impede cannabis research–crucial for prominent institutions like UC San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in my district which conducts groundbreaking studies to better understand cannabis’ potential therapeutic value and long-term impact. I’m working with some of my colleagues on a plan that would further strengthen national efforts to study the safety and efficacy of cannabis.” (04/01/22)

"Thank you to @GreenwichBio for inviting me to speak on the future of cannabis as medicine. There's growing consensus federal cannabis laws should change to support research, like the work at @UCSanDiego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research." (12/06/19)

I co-sponsored the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act) to ensure legitimate cannabis businesses have access to capital without fearing government retaliation.

Q: Legalizing recreational marijuana is obviously on the ballot. So where do you personally stand on that measure?
I support that measure for a couple reasons. But before I get to that, there's a federal issue, which is the banking system. It's ridiculous that we don't accommodate states like Colorado and Washington in banking so that people aren't having large amounts of cash in mattresses and things like that. It's just not right. And there's an ideological resistance to allowing marijuana growers to invest, or to use the banking system. And then that's really dangerous for people. I think unwise. So that's the federal issue. On the state side, they've really thought through this ballot initiative to raise some money from it, use it for the right things. And I think it's an improvement over the 1996 medical marijuana initiative because that's come to be kind of a little bit of a joke. There's really no barrier to getting a headache and you know, getting $40 for a marijuana card. And I just think that this would be a tighter regulation that what we have today.

Scott Peters: "I support California's medical-marijuana law but would not support non-medical legalization in California at least until we ensure that similar efforts have been successful in Colorado and Washington. I do believe the federal government should defer to the states on this issue, meaning it should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized it, to the extent that they have legalized it."

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 Scott Peters

Email: info@scottpeters.com

Web: https://scottpeters.com/

Phone: 202-225-0508


1201 Longworth Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

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