Below are the cannabis-related bills that have been introduced in the U.S. Senate and are considered priority legislation by NCIA. Following the legislative summary, you will find information about members of the Senate who are supporting NCIA priority legislation.

S. 683: Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2015
Extends the principle of federalism to State drug policy, provides for state-sanctioned medical access to marijuana, enables research into the medicinal properties of marijuana, solves banking crisis, addresses CBD oil.
Co-sponsors: Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

S. 987: Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2015
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exempt a trade or business that conducts marijuana sales in compliance with state law from the prohibition against allowing business-related tax credits or deductions for expenditures in connection with trafficking in controlled substances.
Co-sponsors: Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Michael Bennet (D-CO)

S. 1726: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015
To create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses.
Co-sponsors: Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Dean Heller (R-MT), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

S. 2237: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015
Would repeal all federal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana, allowing states to establish their own marijuana laws by removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)


U.S. Senate
NCIA Legislative Champions
(Sponsored or co-sponsored 3+ bills)

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
987, S. 1726, S. 683

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
987, S. 1726, S. 683

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
987, S. 1726, S. 683

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
S. 987, S. 1726, S. 683


NCIA Legislative Leaders
(Sponsored or co-sponsored 1-2 bills)

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
S. 1726

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
S. 1726

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
S. 683, S. 1726

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
S. 683

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
S. 683

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
S. 683

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
S. 683

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
S. 683

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
S. 683, S. 1726

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
S. 683

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)
S. 683

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
S. 683

Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
S. 683

Sen. Barbara Mikulski  (D-MD)
S. 683, S. 1726

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
S. 683

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
S. 1726, S.2237

Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
S. 1726