Republican lawmakers optimistic about passing cannabis legislation in 2018

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    Republican lawmakers optimistic about passing cannabis legislation in 2018

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is optimistic Congress will take up marijuana legislation this year in some form. Several Republicans have pending bills protecting medical marijuana and cannabis research they hope will make progress this year, despite resistance from the Trump administration.

    “I’m fairly optimistic that this year will be the year that we can make great progress on this,” Rohrabacher told The Hill.

    Rohrabacher said that growing bipartisan support will help move federal legislation.

    “We had 68 Republicans vote with us last time, and I think it’ll probably be 75 or more next time around,” he said.

    “Today’s constituency within the Republican Party has changed. I think that we will be able to have this and expand on this change among Republicans and that’s what’s going to give us the leverage to actually change the law,” he said.

    A recent Gallup poll shows a majority of Republicans now support legalizing marijuana.

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    A Powerful Republican Senator Hints That Congress May Discuss Nationwide Marijuana Legalization This Year

    Republican Sen. Thom Tillis suggests Congress will discuss marijuana legalization this year.
    Tillis’ office said the wording referred to more general “debate” over the issue between members of Congress, rather than a specific floor action.
    Tillis isn’t a proponent of marijuana legalization, though he did co-sponsor a bill to facilitate research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana in 2017.

    Sen. Thom Tillis, a powerful Republican from North Carolina, suggested that the Senate Judiciary Committee is “likely” to discuss marijuana legalization this year.
    The letter was addressed to Rod Kight, a North Carolina lawyer who works with companies in the cannabis industry.

    Kight first wrote a letter to Tillis in support of two bills — Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 and The Marijuana Justice Act — that both seek to de-schedule marijuana and effectively legalize the drug at the federal level. Kight was advocating on behalf of the bills for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who sponsored the Marijuana Justice Act, sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Sen. Tillis.

    “Proposals to legalize marijuana should not be taken lightly,” Sen. Tillis wrote in the letter. “As you may know, I am a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and this issue will likely be discussed this Congress.”

    “If this issue comes before the Judiciary Committee or the full Senate, I will carefully consider everything you have said in making a decision on what is best for North Carolina and the country,” he added.

    Nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis, though it’s considered an illegal, Schedule I drug by the federal level.

    In his letter, Kight says he became a support of legal access to marijuana after surviving cancer. He used marijuana to alleviate symptoms of sleeplessness and nausea associated with chemotherapy, and he has built a practice advising cannabis companies that operate legally within state laws. Kight circulated a response to Tillis’ letter, addressed to the full Judiciary Committee, outlining his argument for the federal legalization of marijuana.


    Though Tillis, a Republican, is not a strong supporter of legalizing marijuana, he cosponsored a piece of legislation last year with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch — the MEDS Act — to expand research into the medical benefits of marijuana.

    Here’s the full text of Tillis’ letter:

    “Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding the legalization of marijuana. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me and welcome the opportunity to respond.
    Proposals to legalize marijuana should not be taken lightly. I understand that many individuals believe marijuana use is benign. The fact remains, however, that marijuana use can result in adverse health consequences, particularly among adolescents. It goes without saying that a product which has adverse psychological and physiological impacts on its user can ultimately harm third parties. For me, it is crucial that we continue to educate ourselves on all the short-term and long-term consequences of marijuana use before we consider unrestricted legalization of the drug. It is my goal to pursue policies that protect our nation’s youth from the dangerous consequences of illegal drug use and help produce productive and responsible members of society.

    As you may know, I am a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and this issue will likely be discussed this Congress. If this issue comes before the Judiciary Committee or the full Senate, I will carefully consider everything you have said in making a decision on what is best for North Carolina and the country.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. It is important for elected officials to hear directly from citizens on issues that affect the state and the nation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other important issues.”

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    The Senate will Consider Legalizing Marijuana this Year, says High-Ranking Republican

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    For years, marijuana legalization bills have died in Congress without getting a single hearing, let alone a floor vote. But that could change in 2018. A high-ranking Republican senator says that the Senate will “likely” consider legalization this year.

    “Proposals to legalize marijuana should not be taken lightly,” North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis wrote in a letter to cannabis advocate Rod Kight. “As you may know, I am a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and this issue will likely be discussed this Congress.”

    That’s huge news since getting a hearing with the Judiciary Committee is one of the biggest hoops that any legalization bill must jump through before it can reach a floor vote. However, the move doesn’t necessarily mean that we will see an end to federal prohibition this year.

    Source: http://www.cannabisculture.com/cont...g-marijuana-year-says-high-ranking-republican

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