Tulsi Gabbard on Marijuana Legalization

Key points

  • Tulsi has been fighting to decriminalize marijuana and end the opioid epidemic throughout her years in Congress.  She is on the House Cannabis Caucus and has been endorsed by NORML. She has introduced two bipartisan marijuana bills along with Rep. Don Young (R-AK), NORML, and other supporters.
  • The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019 would remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances list and allow states the freedom to regulate marijuana as they choose, without federal interference.
  • The Marijuana Data Collection Act of 2019 would study the effects of state legalized medicinal and non-medicinal marijuana programs from a variety of perspectives, including state revenues, public health, substance abuse, and opioids, criminal justice, and employment.


  • H.R.1588 Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019
  • H.R.1587 Marijuana Data Collection Act of 2019
  • H.R. 1227 Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017
  • H.R. 6495 Marijuana Data Collection Act (2018)
  • H.R. 4815 Marijuana Justice Act of 2018
  • H.R. 2215 SAFE Act of 2017 Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act to allow banking access for marijuana-related services
  • H.R. 1824 Responsibly Addressing the Marijuana Policy Gap Act of 2017 Veterans Equal Access Amendment to allow VA physicians to prescribe marijuana in states where it is legal
  •  H.R.5634 Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018

Tulsi’s Statements/Video:

  • “Our archaic marijuana policies– based on stigma and outdated myths–have been used to wage a failed War on Drugs. Families have been torn apart, communities left fractured, and over-criminalization and mass incarceration have become the norm. In 2017 alone, our country arrested 600,000 people just for possession of marijuana. Our bipartisan legislation takes a step toward ending the failed War on Drugs, ending the federal prohibition on marijuana, and ensuring that our policies are guided by facts and the truth.” (Source)
  • “Our current criminal justice system puts people in prison for smoking marijuana, while allowing corporations like Purdue Pharma who are responsible for the opioid-related deaths of thousands of people to walk away scot-free with their coffers full.” (Source)
  • “Our outdated policies on marijuana are having devastating ripple effects on individuals and communities across the country. They have turned everyday Americans into criminals, torn apart families, and wasted huge amounts of taxpayer dollars to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate people for non-violent marijuana charges." (Source)
  • “Federal marijuana prohibition has ruined countless lives without making us safer. The so-called "War on Drugs" has failed. We must pass H.R. 1227, The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, and find real solutions to the issues in our criminal justice and healthcare systems.” https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/971845691088756737
  • “Legalizing adult use of marijuana is common sense and long overdue. We need to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances, stop turning everyday Americans into criminals, and pass real criminal justice reform now.” https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/1019331659605446657
  • “We are losing 115 people every day to opioid overdoses. There is an obvious answer: ending federal marijuana prohibition can help fix our broken criminal justice system, and help save the lives of those who are suffering from opioid addiction.” https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/988850993373818880
  • “Our criminal justice system is broken & unsustainable, both for our government and society. Ending the marijuana prohibition is a long overdue common-sense step to take to end the destructive cycle that is turning everyday Americans into criminals.” https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/1021911408437612544
  • On house floor calling to decriminalize marijuana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX8Ddu7T4bA
  • Press release: https://gabbard.house.gov/news/press-releases/video-rep-tulsi-gabbard-calls-federal-decriminalization-marijuana

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