pot

Yep, that’s a giant joint on the lawn of the Capitol
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton joined pro-cannabis activists at a Tuesday rally

Marijuana activists hold up a 51-foot inflatable joint during a rally at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress pass cannabis reform legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Blumenauer Sends Blunt Marijuana Blueprint to Democratic Leadership
Goal is to have Congress pass legislation by the end of 2019

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., wants Democrats to legalize marijuana if they take back the House majority. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, one of Congress’s most vocal marijuana proponents, sent Democratic leadership a memo Wednesday outlining steps Congress should take to legalize the Schedule I drug.

“Congress is out of step with the American people and the states on cannabis,” Blumenauer wrote in the memo, citing polling showing that 69 percent of registered voters support legalizing marijuana. “We have an opportunity to correct course if Democrats win big in November.”

Spending Plan Includes Reassurance for Legal Pot
Prohibition on interfering with state laws extended to September

Inventory is displayed at the medical marijuana dispensary Takoma Wellness Center in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Businesses selling marijuana in states where it is legal just got some reassurance from Congress that they don’t have to worry about a federal crackdown anytime soon.

The spending bill that will keep the government open until September includes the extension of a policy that prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal money to interfere with states’ medical marijuana laws.

Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Ease Tax Burdens, Criminal Penalties on Pot
Proposal comes amid continued confusion about Trump administration stance

Two of Congress’ biggest proponents of marijuana legalization redoubled their efforts Thursday with a package of bills to “pave the way” for federal regulation of the burgeoning pot industry. 

Pro-Pot Lawmakers to Join Forces, Launch Cannabis Caucus
Move comes amid uncertainty for state marijuana laws under Trump

Inventory including “Merry N’Berry” on display at the medical marijuana dispensary Takoma Wellness Center, in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lawmakers looking to draw attention to pet issues have formed groups in favor of everything from auto care to zoos. Now, there’s a caucus for cannabis. 

Rep. Earl Bluemenauer said the move — to be announced at a press conference Thursday — is a sign of how mainstream the drive for marijuana legalization has become.

Pot Advocates Protest Jeff Sessions’ AG Nomination
D.C. group says Alabama senator could roll back progress on legalization

Members of the Washington, D.C., marijuana rights group DCMJ stand outside the Capitol Hill office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions on Monday to protest his statements on marijuana use. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A small group of marijuana advocates protested Sen. Jeff Sessions’ potential confirmation as attorney general at the Capitol on Monday, saying it could roll back years of state-based progress toward legalization.

“We have a slogan, ‘Smoke Sessions,’” said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of the DCMJ advocacy group. “We don’t want him.”

Sessions Pick Could Blow Smoke at Marijuana Legalization Efforts
Trump’s AG nominee said in April, ‘Good people don't smoke marijuana‘

With some form of marijuana use legal in a majority of states, advocates warn that anti-legalization action from the incoming Trump administration could generate significant political problems. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images file photo)

Jeff Sessions’ selection as attorney general, announced Friday, could be a setback to the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana.

The Alabama Republican, who declared at an April Senate hearing that “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” is one of Congress’s staunchest opponents of legalization.

Marijuana Legalization Could Get a Boost in a Democratic Senate
Advocates hope for better reception to sweeping pot bill, now stalled

Marijuana legalization advocates hope that Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy can push through a sweeping bill if he becomes Judiciary Committee chairman under a Democrat-controlled Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The momentum toward marijuana legalization — already accelerated this year by a raft of state ballot measures — could get an even bigger boost if Democrats win control of the Senate.

That’s partly because the controlling party will choose the chairman of the committee that determines whether a sweeping marijuana proposal advances or dies.

Congress Turning a New Leaf on Marijuana
Burgeoning business in states with legal sales sparks momentum for reform

Stephanie Kahn, right, owner of the Takoma Wellness Center in Washington, D.C., hugs customer Meredith Bower at the medical marijuana dispensary. Bower suffers from phantom limb pain due to the amputation of a leg below the knee after a car accident. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just two years ago, pot lobbyist Michael Collins was a pariah on Capitol Hill.

Marijuana reform was too much of a risk.