May 8th - 12th Ohio NORML members will be meeting with congressional representatives from their districts to discuss cannabis legalization on the federal level. We will also be participating in a letter writing campaign in regards to the following:
Since early February there have been a few significant developments dealing with cannabis reform beginning with the introduction of H.R.975 - Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017. H.R. 975 amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that the Act's regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to a person who produces, possesses, distributes, dispenses, administers, or delivers marijuana in compliance with state laws.
With public support for reforming marijuana laws at an all time high, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) formed the first-ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus to develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.
Most recently U.S. lawmakers introduced a package of marijuana reform bills aimed at protecting and preserving existing state-based programs while creating a framework for the federal regulation of cannabis. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, announced the “Path to Marijuana Reform,” a bipartisan package of three related bills that address issues such as taxation, banking, civil forfeiture, descheduling, decriminalization, research, individual protections and regulation. Included in the package is the reintroduction of legislation from Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
The tide may be beginning to turn at the federal level, making it a great time to let our congressional representatives from Ohio know that we support the recent developments regarding cannabis reform and encourage them to as well.
If you would be interested in meeting with your congressional representative and/or participating in the letter writing campaign, let us at Ohio NORML know so that we can assist you. We will be providing talking points for the meetings and a form letter.
For more information and to sign up for Ohio NORML Congressional Lobby Days contact firstname.lastname@example.org.