Congressman Blumenauer: Tell President Obama to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition


Last month, Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer published an open letter to President Barack Obama urging him to use his executive power to end marijuana prohibition. Now, Representative Blumenauer is calling upon the cannabis community and all concerned citizens to help his effort by signing onto a petition to the president. You can sign Rep. Blumenauer’s petition here.

Virtually every reasonable person, including Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder, understands the absurdity that marijuana is considered a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government, the same classification as heroin. Those most knowledgeable about cannabis, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, know that marijuana shouldn’t be scheduled as a controlled substance as all, treated like the government does alcohol and tobacco.

President Obama himself stated that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Unfortunately, President Obama has placed the burden upon Congress to reclassify cannabis, ignoring the power of the executive branch. President Obama’s latest proposed budget would have allow Washington, D.C., to move forward with regulated marijuana sales to all adults, but it strangely stripped away a previously passed provision prohibiting the federal government from using any funds from prosecuting medical marijuana.

I asked Rep. Blumenauer about the president’s proposed budget and the need to ensure that state-regulated medical marijuana patients and providers were protected from federal persecution. Congressmen Blumenauer responded, “The federal government shouldn’t be arresting or prosecuting people for using or providing medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Over the past two years a bipartisan majority of the House has voted to prevent the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. I plan to make sure once again this year Congress votes to put a stop to wasting its time and money.”

Congressman Blumenauer has clearly been on the right side of history on cannabis and he has done a great job putting together bipartisan support for this effort and other needed cannabis law reforms. I am honored to vote for Rep. Blumenauer and can attest to his thoughtfulness and dedication to legalizing and regulating cannabis. However, Rep. Blumenauer can only do so much and he needs the American people to join him and call upon President Obama to utilize his executive authority and stop the failed and harmful policy of marijuana prohibition.

Please add your name to this important effort and consider chipping in a donation to help Rep. Blumenauer continue to move our nation toward a sane and sensible marijuana policy.


The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

February 22, 2016

It is time, Mr. President, for you to take the next logical step, cementing your legacy in history on drug reform and a fairer criminal justice system. Call for an end to marijuana prohibition and de-schedule marijuana. The House and Senate are reluctant to take bold action to legalize marijuana at the federal level, but you don’t have to wait. Under your leadership by de-scheduling marijuana, you will trigger monumental reform, allowing states to continue their pioneering efforts and putting pressure on Congress to take additional actions to tax and regulate. We can start by ending the lunacy of forcing legal marijuana companies to operate as cash-only. Seldom has such a small step, supported by a majority of Americans, had such potential transformational power.

Please seize the moment. We can’t wait.

The time is now. The country is ready.

In 2008, I joined with tens of thousands of Oregonians who cheered you on chanting, “Yes, we can!”

Today, I speak on behalf of millions of Americans across the country and ask you to support ending the prohibition of marijuana.

We hope you will respond, “Yes, I will.”

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.