6 Bills On Medical Marijuana

Erin Carson, Lead Analyst Thursday May 22nd 2014


Here are six bills introduced by the 113th Congress that address both the federal prohibition on medical marijuana, and state’s rights over marijuana laws.

  1. H.R. 689 – States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), introduced on February 14, 2013 –  would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit a recommendation on the listing of marijuana within the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a listing other than a Schedule I or Schedule II substance. The bill would also declare that no provision of the CSA or the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act would be able to restrict medical marijuana use where it is legal under state law. The bill is in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  2. H.R. 710 – the Truth in Trials Act, sponsored by Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), introduced on February 14, 2013 –would amend the criminal code to allow people under trial for federal marijuana to introduce evidence that those activities were permitted by the local state law; limit the criminal liability of a federal marijuana-related conviction; and prohibit the seizure of plans grown or stored under a physician’s recommendation, among other provisions. The bill is in the House Judiciary Committee.
  3. H.R. 1523 – Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), introduced on April 12, 2013 –  would amend the CSA to require that its provisions related to marijuana not apply to anyone acting in compliance with state laws.
  4. H.R. 784 – States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Barabara Lee (D-CA), introduced on February 15, 2013 – would exempt real property from civil forfeiture under the CSA due to medical marijuana-related conduct authorized by that state’s law. The bill is in the House Judiciary and House Energy and Commerce Committees.
  5. H.R. 499 – Ending Federal Marijuana, sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), introduced on February 28, 2013 – would issue a final order that removes marijuana in any form from all schedules of controlled substances under the CSA. The bill is being considered by five different House Committees – Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.
  6. H.R. 1635 – the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), introduced on April 18, 2013 – would establish a National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy to conduct a review of federal policies, including how these policies interact with state laws, the cost of prohibition, the impact of banking and tax laws related to marijuana, and the impact of marijuana prohibition on criminal justice. The bill is also being considered by five different House Committees – Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Financial Services, and Foreign Affairs.

All of these bills are still in Committee. 

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