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Entry Title Date
H.R. 5016, “Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act” July 17, 2014
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"I was pleased to see the rejection of an amendment offered by Representative Fleming, which would have rolled back the Administration’s guidance to banks seeking to provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses, and the adoption of an amendment offered by Representative Heck, which will increase access to these services. These were two strong votes to stop forcing state-legal marijuana businesses to operate only in cash, a situation that is unsafe and invites illegal activity. This was a victory for commonsense reform."
Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 July 16, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"In addition to that contradiction, Mr. Chair, I would note that the conservative crowd that says, “the level of government closest to the people governs best,” is poised to overturn a decision by the local government right here in the District of Columbia. Twenty-three states—nearly 1/3rd of which have Republican governors—and the District have decriminalized the limited use of marijuana. In fact, the home state of this provision’s sponsor is one of those states, but the reach of Congressional Republicans under this bill does not allow them to interfere with the decision of his home state or that of other states. They can, however, restrict the use of funds provided to DC, and so we’re doing so simply because we can. There is no merit or consistency in this action, which is nothing more than a raw power grab by House Republicans, who continue to block attempt by the citizens of the District of Columbia to exercise local control."
Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 July 15, 2014
Ander Crenshaw, R-FL
"Well, I thank the gentleman for yielding, and let me see if I got this straight. Right now, manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Right?"
Financial Services And General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 July 14, 2014
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"Congress maintains that marijuana must be criminally penalized, but 18 States have taken State leadership to decriminalize marijuana. The administration’s Statement of Administration Policy respects D.C.’s equal right to do what 18 States have already done, and so should this House."
Autonomy For The District Of Columbia July 11, 2014
Eleanor Norton, D-DC
"This year, here comes the marijuana decriminalization rider. The District of Columbia was pretty late in looking at marijuana decriminalization, and I will get to the reason it looked at decriminalization in a moment. But there are 18 States that have gotten there long before D.C., the first in 1975."

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