Lewis supports federalism on marijuana issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after supporting several efforts to restore states’ rights on marijuana issues:
“In Gonzales vs. Raich, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that ‘if Congress can regulate this [marijuana not bought, sold, or crossing state lines] under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything–and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.’
“I agree. Where states have made laws about marijuana, especially medical marijuana, the federal government has no business sending the FBI and Department of Justice in to prosecute people in full compliance with their state’s law. I look forward to continuing to work for states’ rights as our Constitution outlines.”
Background: Lewis signed a letter led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations subcommittee Chairman and Ranking Member encouraging them to include language barring use of funds for prosecuting people in compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, which fully respects state’s rights to make their own marijuana laws.
Additionally, Lewis has cosponsored the Compassionate Access Act, H.R. 715, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to recommend a rescheduling of marijuana from Schedule I to another classification to allow for further research regarding medical marijuana treatments. It also protects patients, doctors and caregivers who are using medical marijuana in compliance with their state’s medical marijuana laws.