Blumenauer Statement on Medical Marijuana Protections in FY18 Omnibus Legislation

March 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, released the following statement on the extension of medical marijuana protections through September 30 in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus funding legislation that Congress is considering this week:

“While I’m glad that our medical marijuana protections are included, there is nothing to celebrate since Congress only maintained the status quo. These protections have been law since 2014. This matter should be settled once and for all. Poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans, across every party, strongly favor the right to use medical marijuana. 

“Instead, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doubling down on the failed War on Drugs and Republican leadership in Congress—led by Chairman Pete Sessions—is stonewalling. They’re ignoring the will of the American people by blocking protections for state adult-use laws and cannabis banking. They even refused our veterans access to lifesaving medicine.

“Republican leadership is hopelessly out of touch, and they should be held accountable. I will not rest until Congress gets this right.”