June 02, 2015

Congresswoman Lee Co-Leads Efforts to Protect State Laws on Medical Marijuana

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined a bipartisan coalition in advancing a successful amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to protect state medical marijuana programs.

The amendment, offered in partnership with Representatives Rohrabacher (R-CA), Farr (D-CA), Ribble (R-WI), Massie (R-KY), Blumenauer (D-OR), Heck (R-NV), Cohen (D-TN), Young (R-AK), Polis (D-CO), McClintock (R-CA) and Titus (D-NV), would protect states medical marijuana programs from federal interference. A similar amendment passed last year.

“The federal government should never come between patients and their medicine,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Passage of this amendment brings us one step closer to providing relief for those suffering from multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, cancer, HIV/AIDS and other medical conditions.”


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.