Congress Set to Vote on Four Different Marijuana-Related Bills Next Week

As more and more members of Congress begin supporting marijuana legalization, we're also seeing more proposed legislation regarding cannabis. And next week we'll see a lot of discussion revolving around the drug.

Congress is set to consider four different proposals related to marijuana. One bill would allow veterans to receive medical marijuana recommendations from their Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors in state's where it's legal. Another bill would prevent veterans from losing their benefits as a result of their medical marijuana use. Another would prevent VA employees from losing their jobs as a result of their medical marijuana use. And the last bill would prevent the federal government from instituting any restrictions on the water rights of marijuana and hemp farmers.

Of course, just because these bill have been introduced doesn't mean they'll actually receive a vote. The bills must first pass the Rules Committee before heading to the floor, and Rules Committee Chair Republican Pete Sessions (no relation to Jeff) has historically blocked almost every single piece of marijuana legislation that's come before him.

However, these bills may be more difficult to block considering most of them involve military veterans. While Republicans may oppose marijuana legalization, they can't deny that they're in the minority among voters on the issue. And if they add on that refusing to consider these bills would also hurt their standing among veterans, it could be politically dangerous for Sessions to continue ignoring these bills. 

But that would require Republican leadership to begin acting rationally towards marijuana. So we assume all four of these bills will go back to congressional purgatory.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)


Local officials and law enforcers often have fears that allowing legal cannabis shops to operate within their jurisdictions will have detrimental effects. Some people fear that allowing pot shops in their neighborhood will increase violent crime rates, allow young people easier access to the drug and lower the property value of surrounding homes. But is any of that true?

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