1. Dear Travis:


    Thank you for contacting me regarding federal laws on marijuana. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important matter.


    In recent years, several states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. While I respect the rights of states to set their own policies regarding the health and safety of their citizens, I believe more research should be conducted before the federal government changes current marijuana policies. Regular use of marijuana has been associated with psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as a risk of developing dependence. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Behavioral Health Sciences found in 2016 that 16,886 Texans who entered substance use treatment cited marijuana as their primary substance of abuse. This number represents 22.8 percent of the total population of Texans who sought treatment in 2016, making marijuana the second most prevalent substance behind alcohol for substance use disorder treatment. Other mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and cognitive impairment have been found in those who use marijuana. Additionally, marijuana use has similar effects on adolescent brain development as other addictive substances. We must further understand the public health risks associated with marijuana use. As Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, I will continue to work with my colleagues to better understand the health effects of marijuana and other substances.


    From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. This epidemic kills Americans from every socio-economic class, educational background, and community. Reducing addiction to prescription opioids and combating the influx of illicit narcotics in our communities is critical to helping patients in distress and fighting back against criminal cartels. Reasonable minds can disagree, but I am concerned that marijuana legalization could make this epidemic worse. I am committed to working with my colleagues to end the opioid epidemic and save lives.


    In an effort to combat the scourge of illicit drugs in our communities, I authored the Substance Abuse Prevention Act (S. 2789; 115th Congress), which reauthorized the Office of National Drug Control Policy and important drug demand reduction programs at the Department of Justice. More specifically, S. 2789 provides critical funding for programs that prevent youth substance abuse disorder, reduce demand for illicit drugs in our communities, and provide crucial assistance for drug addiction recovery in the criminal justice system. S. 2789 also provides critical resources for High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Forces to support federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that are working to remove illegal drugs from our communities. The Substance Abuse Prevention Act was included in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271), which I supported and President Trump signed into law on October 24, 2018.


    I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contacting me.





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    Dear Mr. O'Hair,

    Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me with your views regarding marijuana. It is good to hear from you and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

    The MORE Act was introduced by Representative Jerry Nadler of New York on July 23, 2019. This legislation would federally legalize marijuana and expunge the criminal records of those individuals who had been previously convicted with federal marijuana violations. At a time when Congress should be dedicated to finding solutions to the problems caused by the coronavirus, I don’t believe that federally decriminalizing marijuana is a productive response. Americans are struggling to get back to work, small businesses need assistance, and schools need more resources so we can educate our children safely. Rather than focusing on these urgent issues facing our country, the Democrats have chosen to focus on legalizing marijuana. I will vote “no” on this legislation if it comes to the House floor.

    Again, thank you for reaching out to me. I truly appreciate hearing your opinions and look forward to serving you in the future. Please be sure to sign up for my email newsletter (https://williams.house.gov/contact/newsletter) to keep informed on what I am doing on behalf of Texans here in Washington. It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of Texas’ 25th Congressional District.

                                                                                      Roger Williams
                                                                                      Member of Congress

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