Oregon’s leading marijuana advocate in Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, has formed a political action committee aimed at unseating anti-marijuana lawmakers. Video courtesy of Russ Belville, host of The Marijuana Agenda at MJAgenda.com. Wochit
FILE – In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)(Photo: Susan Walsh, AP File)
Oregon’s leading marijuana advocate in Congress, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, has formed a political action committee aimed at unseating anti-marijuana lawmakers.
The Portland Democrat’s Cannabis Fund is one in a growing suite of similar committees paying to promote weed-friendly candidates and policies. Pot committees raised at least $177,840 in the 2015-16 election cycle, Federal Election Commission records show.
Some of the biggest names during the cycle included the National Cannabis Industry Association ($104,066), the Marijuana Policy Project ($47,140) and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws ($26,634.11).
The new Cannabis Fund had a meager $2,000 in contributions as of June — the last time it reported financial moves — but Blumenauer already has plans for where to direct the money.
At a Portland pot conference in October, Blumenauer said his “first target” is Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas.
Contention between the two lawmakers traces back to at least July, when Sessions helped block a vote on one of Blumenauer’s amendments to ease restrictions for veterans trying to get ahold of medical marijuana through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Marijuana is still federally illegal.
In September, Sessions, who chairs the House Rules Committee, helped block the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment,