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H.R. 4779: REFER Act of 2018

About the bill

Should the federal government be able to interfere with state-level legal marijuana? Attorney General Jeff Sessions says yes, but this bipartisan bill could stop him.


When Colorado and Washington first legalized marijuana in 2012, the drug remained illegal on a federal level, as it still does today. So, should the federal government go after states which legalized the drug, or not? Under the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice decided in 2013 to have state-level U.S. attorneys largely refrain from prosecution.

Today, eight states plus the District of ...

Sponsor and status

Barbara Lee

Sponsor. Representative for California's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 11, 2018
Length: 3 pages

Jan 11, 2018


Introduced on Jan 11, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 11, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 11, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Ordered Reported

Passed House (Senate next)

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 4779 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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