Empower Your Voice: Unveiling NCIA’s Updated Congressional Scorecard

Empower Your Voice: Unveiling NCIA’s Updated Congressional Scorecard

In just over 200 days, people across the country will head to the ballot box to make their voices heard. As you take the time to consider the issues that matter the most to you and which candidates best align with those values, NCIA is here to help with our recently updated congressional scorecard.

Our scorecard shows how members of Congress have voted and who has supported various cannabis bills over both the previous (117th) and current (118th) sessions. 

With more than 500 members, it can be hard to keep track of votes and congressional support on the issues that matter the most to you and your business. During the 117th congress, the House of Representatives voted on both the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1996) and the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R. 3617). There has not yet been any floor votes on these bills (or other) priority cannabis legislation over the course of the current (118th) congress. That being said, our scorecard does show how members of the Senate Banking Committee voted on the SAFER (Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation) Banking Act during a September 2023 markup of the bill. The scorecard also shows which members of the Senate have signed on as cosponsors of the SAFER Banking Act (keep in mind there are about a handful of members who signed onto the SAFE Banking Act, but have yet to support this newer iteration). 

Though it may seem silly, I’m envious of your ability to look at these voting records. As a resident of Washington, D.C., I (along with hundreds of thousands of my neighbors) am subject to taxation without representation and have no voting member of Congress. D.C. has also been unable to fully implement its voter approved 2014 adult-use initiative due to congressional interference, but that’s a story for another blog!

I hope this scorecard helps you continue to hold your elected officials accountable- both at the ballot box and through civic engagement. I also hope this tool will empower you to get involved with government- at any level- whether that be by setting a meeting with one of your representatives’ district offices, attending a town hall meeting, or volunteering on a campaign. Don’t forget to make sure you’re registered to vote, and if you’re unsure about who your elected officials in Washington are, you can click here. Lastly, one of the best (in my humble opinion) ways to make an impact on elected officials is by attending our annual cannabis industry lobby days. Make sure you mark your calendars for May 14-16 and register today to get the best rate!

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