2022 Supporters of Cannabis in Congress

Who are the 2022 supporters of Cannabis in Congress and what does the future hold?

Democrats, now in control of both chambers of Congress, say they will push ahead with marijuana reform with or without the support of the White House. Eighteen states containing 40 percent of Americans have now fully legalized marijuana, but the federal prohibition on cannabis still hangs over the country like a noxious, non-psychoactive cloud.

Biden supports decriminalization but not full legalization, a position he hasn’t budged on even as more and more states and Democratic leadership in Congress leaves his position behind.

Click here to read Biden’s position toward decriminalizing Cannabis, fulfilling a campaign promise to erase prior federal possession convictions

A majority of registered voters in all 50 states now favor making cannabis legal, according to state-level polling data from Civiqs. Support ranges from a low of 52 percent in North Dakota to a high of 81 percent in Vermont and Washington.

3 polls released on the topic in 2021:

More than three quarters (76%) of GOP voters agree that if states legalize cannabis, the federal government should step aside and remove any obstacles, according to a Fabrizio, Lee & Associates (FLA) survey on behalf of the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCR).

So why exactly, then, aren’t more congressional Republicans representing their own voters’ views on this issue?

Compared with most Americans, congressional Republicans tend to be older and more religious, two demographic groups that are far more averse to legalization than younger and religiously unaffiliated Americans. Indeed, GOP politicians often oppose drug legalization on behalf of conservative principles like morality, order and family values.

Listed below are the legislators that co-sponsored the 2022 MORE Act and support legalization


Date Cosponsored

Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 05/28/2021
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 05/28/2021
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 05/28/2021
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 05/28/2021
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 05/28/2021
Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4] 06/30/2021
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19] 06/30/2021
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] 06/30/2021
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] 06/30/2021
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] 06/30/2021
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15] 06/30/2021
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] 06/30/2021
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] 06/30/2021
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7] 06/30/2021
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] 06/30/2021
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5] 06/30/2021
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Escobar, Veronica [D-TX-16] 06/30/2021
Rep. Jones, Mondaire [D-NY-17] 06/30/2021
Rep. Bush, Cori [D-MO-1] 06/30/2021
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Strickland, Marilyn [D-WA-10] 06/30/2021
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18] 06/30/2021
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7] 06/30/2021
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] 06/30/2021
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] 06/30/2021
Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 06/30/2021
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9] 06/30/2021
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 06/30/2021
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] 06/30/2021
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1] 06/30/2021
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] 06/30/2021
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 06/30/2021
Rep. Williams, Nikema [D-GA-5] 06/30/2021
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] 06/30/2021
Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5] 06/30/2021
Rep. Grijalva, Raúl M. [D-AZ-3] 06/30/2021
Rep. Newman, Marie [D-IL-3] 06/30/2021
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] 06/30/2021
Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] 06/30/2021
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] 06/30/2021
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] 06/30/2021
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7] 06/30/2021
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 06/30/2021
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] 06/30/2021
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14] 06/30/2021
Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Luria, Elaine G. [D-VA-2] 06/30/2021
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] 06/30/2021
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47] 07/27/2021
Rep. Stansbury, Melanie Ann [D-NM-1] 07/27/2021
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5] 07/27/2021
Rep. Kahele, Kaiali’i [D-HI-2] 07/27/2021
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 07/27/2021
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] 07/27/2021
Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3] 07/27/2021
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7] 09/21/2021
Rep. Cárdenas, Tony [D-CA-29] 09/21/2021
Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [D-IL-4] 09/21/2021
Rep. Torres, Ritchie [D-NY-15] 09/21/2021
Rep. Leger Fernandez, Teresa [D-NM-3] 09/21/2021
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] 09/23/2021
Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] 09/23/2021
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] 09/27/2021
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-2] 09/27/2021
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5] 09/27/2021
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] 09/27/2021
Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1] 09/27/2021
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6] 09/27/2021
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] 09/27/2021
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] 09/28/2021
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 09/29/2021
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 09/29/2021
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14] 10/15/2021
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3] 10/15/2021
Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3] 10/15/2021
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25] 10/15/2021
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2] 10/15/2021
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20] 10/15/2021
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4] 10/15/2021
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43] 10/15/2021
Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] 10/15/2021
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] 10/15/2021
Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6] 10/15/2021
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] 10/22/2021
Rep. Carter, Troy [D-LA-2] 10/22/2021
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] 10/22/2021
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] 10/22/2021
Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13] 10/22/2021
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33] 10/28/2021
Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] 11/09/2021
Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3] 11/09/2021
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11] 11/09/2021
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13] 11/12/2021
Rep. Gomez, Jimmy [D-CA-34] 11/12/2021
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] 11/16/2021
Rep. Bowman, Jamaal [D-NY-16] 11/16/2021
Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4] 11/23/2021
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] 01/10/2022
Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6] 01/18/2022
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] 01/21/2022
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] 01/21/2022
Rep. Bourdeaux, Carolyn [D-GA-7] 02/08/2022
Rep. Brown, Shontel M. [D-OH-11] 02/22/2022
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31] 02/22/2022
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] 03/09/2022
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20] 03/15/2022
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] 03/24/2022
Rep. Levin, Andy [D-MI-9] 03/24/2022
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 03/24/2022
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] 03/24/2022