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Federal Marijuana & Hemp Bills Before Congress

Oct 18 2017, by Jessica McElfresh in Federal Marijuana Issues, Legal Blog

After the “Path to Marijuana Reform” legislation was passed in the spring of this year, many other marijuana bills were proposed before Congress. There are currently many marijuana bills before Congress right now. You can find a list of the current bills and their status below.

If you want more information on federal marijuana bills, or if your marijuana rights have been violated, contact a California cannabis lawyer at McElfresh Law. We will fight for our legal rights.

Call us today at (858) 756-7107 to schedule a consultation.

Current Marijuana & Hemp Bills Before Congress

  • Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (MEDS Act)– This bill was introduced mid-September and is meant to advance medical marijuana research.
  • Marijuana Justice Act– This act was introduced in the beginning of August. If passed, it will end the federal prohibition of cannabis, and allow for those in prison for marijuana-related charges to request resentencing for their crimes.
  • Industrial Hemp Farming Act– This act is meant to remove industrial hemp from the description of cannabis. It was introduced to Congress in July of this year.
  • State Marijuana and Regulatory Tolerance (SMART) Enforcement Act– This act, initially introduced in 2015, aims to make the Controlled Substances Act inactive in states that have already made marijuana legal and have state regulations regarding it.
  • Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017– This act affects the Controlled Substances Act and will allow certified marijuana researchers to have access to cannabis for their research.
  • Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act– The bill will allow anyone with water rights to grow industrial hemp if marijuana is legal in the state.
  • CARERS: Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act (bicameral)– This bill applies federalism to states’ drug procedures while allowing for medical marijuana research and access.
  • Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act– This act will advance cannabidiol research and compel the Attorney General to decide if cannabidiol is a controlled substance. If so, it will be listed in the Controlled Substance Act.
  • Respect States and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017– This legislation provides that federal does not, in fact, come before state law.
  • Separate Cannabidiol from Marijuana in the CSA (Bicameral)– This will omit cannabidiol and other substances involving cannabidiol from the marijuana description of the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (Bicameral)– This act will provide protection for organizations that offer monetary services to marijuana businesses.
  • Rescheduling Legislation (Official Title TBA)– A call for marijuana to be deferred to Schedule III in the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Better Drive Act– Introduced in April of this year, this act seeks to adjust title 23 of the U.S. Code which deals with individuals suspended from driving because of charges related to driving under the influence of drugs.
  • Small Business Tax Equity Act (Bicameral)– This act will permit deductions and credits for legal marijuana purchases and revise the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
  • Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act (Bicameral)– This act allows for the taxation of marijuana goods, and it will revise the Revenue Code of 1986.
  • Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act (Bicameral)– This will foster a change in the Controlled Substances Act to make federal and state marijuana policies more similar.
  • The Veterans Equal Access Act– Allows for medical professionals working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make medical marijuana an option for veterans.
  • Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act– Allows marijuana goods to be regulated. This bill was introduced to Congress in March of this year.
  • Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act– This acts requests for the decriminalization of marijuana and bans shipping marijuana within the state.
  • Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017– This act calls for an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act concerning marijuana.
  • LUMMA (Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marihuana Act)– This act calls for the legalization of medical marijuana in agreement with state law.
  • Compassionate Access Act– This act calls for marijuana to be rescheduled, legalizes marijuana for medicinal purposes, and disassociates cannabidiol with marijuana.
  • States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Act– Introduced in January of this year, this act excludes property from civil forfeiture for participation in legal medical marijuana practices.

How a California Cannabis Lawyer Can Help

Understanding cannabis law can be difficult. Our California cannabis lawyers at McEfresh Law fully understand the past and current marijuana laws and amendments. If your marijuana rights have been violated, our attorneys will assess your case and help you fight for your rights.

Contact us today at (858) 756-7107to schedule a consultation.

California marijuana laws change frequently. For updated information, see the following pages: Medicinal Uses of Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Business