Congressional Republicans Vow To Block Marijuana Amendments

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Hard headed actions by House Republicans further expose the narrow minded and backwards GOP brand. Cannabis won more states than the Republican’s arch nemesis, Hillary Clinton, yet they foolishly defend prohibition and a drug war that has rendered our urban centers and rural communities asunder. Help us heal our country by withdrawing support and consent to drug warriors in Congress, the White House and state capitols across America. – Thomas

 

Published on Marijuana.com by Tom Angell…

Don’t count on there being any marijuana votes in the U.S. House next year…

That’s the message that Republican leadership in Congress is sending after blocking a number of cannabis amendments from reaching the House floor earlier this year.

“The chairman has taken a stand against all amendments that are deemed poison pills and that would imperil passage of the final bill,” Caroline Boothe, spokeswoman for House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), told Marijuana.com in an email on Monday.

The Rules Committee is responsible for deciding which submitted amendments are allowed to be considered on the House floor.

In recent years, Congressional leadership has taken up spending bills under relatively open rules whereby almost any amendment could be debated and voted on as long as it was germane to the overall legislation. But due to unrelated disputes over gay rights, gun policy and the right of transgender people to access public bathrooms, House Republicans began locking down the amendment process earlier this year so that only certain approved amendments can come to the floor.

While marijuana law reformers have been able to pass amendments in recent years — such as a rider preventing the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical cannabis laws — the new approach has impeded efforts to demonstrate that there is majority support in Congress for scaling back prohibition.

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