The work to end marijuana prohibition has been steady this year. With 12 bills already introduced this early in the year, legislators are making good on Attorney General Sessions’ call for congress to change the marijuana laws.

Here’s a short list of cannabis bills introduced in 2017:

  1. HR 1841: To provide for the regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes (Awaiting summary)
  2. HR 1810: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law (Awaiting summary)
  3. HR 1823: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation and regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes (Awaiting summary)
  4. S 780:  A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the gap between Federal and State marijuana policy, and for other purposes (Awaiting summary)
  5. S 777: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow deductions and credits relating to expenditures in connection with marijuana sales conducted in compliance with State law (Awaiting summary)
  6. S 776: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation and regulation of marijuana products, and for other purposes (Awaiting summary)
  7. HR 1820: To authorize Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions to veterans regarding participation in State marijuana programs (Awaiting summary)
  8. HR 1824: To amend the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the gap between Federal and State marijuana policy, and for other purposes (Awaiting summary)
  9. HR 1227: End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2917Deregulation of marijuana through CSA amendments, awaiting more detailed summary.
  10. HR 975: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017Amends the Controlled Substances Act: CSA regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to anyone who produces, possesses, distributes, dispenses, delivers, or administers marijuana in compliance with State laws.
  11. HR 331: States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection ActAmends the Controlled Substances Act: Exempts real property from civil forfeiture due to medical marijuana-related conduct that is authorized by state law.
  12. HR 715: Compassionate Access ActAmends the Controlled Substances Act: Seeks to reclassify marijuana from its current status on Schedule I of the CSA.

The nature of these bills individually and combined work to redress blanket statements within the laws to which marijuana has been attached. By addressing every reference to marijuana within the laws, the legislators are taking bold and comprehensive steps to end prohibition.

The end result will be that marijuana, once vilified, will become a legitimate, taxable business where cannabis merchants who follow the law will be able to transact their businesses with bank accounts and submit tax revenues. States that have legalized are seeing robust revenues, and states that want to legalize are doing so with an eye towards the cash flow cannabis brings.

With the marijuana money train rolling full steam ahead, we are following each of these bills closely. Marijuana dispensary owners have strong incentives to become politically active by calling their state representatives and urging positive votes on these bills. The success of this coordination by local, state, and federal governments is due in part by the pressure exerted on them by their constituencies, so now is the time to make that call or send an email.