About the bill
New legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act, would legalize marijuana on a federal level — and even provide financial incentives for states to legalize it too. Could this be the moment when federal policy finally catches up to public opinion, which now shows a majority of Americans in support of legalization?
Eight states have now legalized marijuana for recreational purposes since Colorado became the first in 2012. Polls show the American public supports legalization at all time highs of 57 percent support and rising, a sharp reversal from as recently as a few years ago.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.
Last Updated: Aug 1, 2017
Length: 11 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on August 1, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
6 Cosponsors (5 Democrats, 1 Independent)
What legislators are saying
Aug 1, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Feb 28, 2019
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 597 (116th).
S. 1689 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1689. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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