Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a longtime friend and champion of the marijuana reform movement.
She is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
Holds office U.S. House District 13
Voted Yes on SAFE Banking Act (2019)
"Federal interference in cannabis legalization should never have been an option to begin with. President Trump should have supported the wishes of American voters from the start."
"The failed #WarOnDrugs has punished communities of color for far too long -- Black and Brown entrepreneurs have every right to lead the legal cannabis industry."
"I'm incredibly proud of #Oakland for leading the way on restorative justice in the legal cannabis industry."
"Because veterans need this [cannabis], it works, and it's a shame and disgrace that the VA is preventing this type of treatment that works."
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a big mistake today. The lasting legacy of federal marijuana criminalization policies will be the overzealous policing and mass incarceration of people of color. It's disappointing, but not terribly surprising, that Attorney General Sessions has chosen to double-down on these racist and unproductive policies. But it is clear that this agenda is both offensive and deeply out-of-touch with the wishes of the American people. Furthermore, this announcement tramples on the sovereignty of states to create laws and policies that reflect the will of their residents.
"The majority of Americans - including Republican voters - favor legalization. Congress should insist the will of the people is respected by our federal government."
"The federal government should respect the will of the voters in states that have voted to decriminalize cannabis. It's time to stop wasting taxpayer money on the failed War on Drugs."
"The ongoing criminalization of marijuana has cost our state hundreds of millions of dollars and done disproportionate harm to people of color, especially our youth", said Lee.
"Proposition 64 is a sound approach to replacing marijuana prohibition with a safe and legal statewide system."
"Proposition 64 also preserves the rights of medical patients, is supported by California's physicians and will send a message to our federal government that nationwide change is needed on this critical issue,"
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