PORTLAND, Ore. — Longtime marijuana advocate and congressman Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has begun a PAC to fight lawmakers that are against legalizing weed. The new political action committee is called the Cannabis Fund.
The Cannabis Fund’s goal is to change the stigma associated with medical marijuana and to turn voters to candidates that support legalizing marijuana. Blumenauer wants to use any revenue raised by the PAC to block anti-marijuana legislatures like Texas congressman, Rep. Pete Sessions. Sessions has stood in the way of legislation that would allow veterans to get medical marijuana, as well as funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Blumenauer told TMZ that the NFL and NBA treats players like “second class citizens” and that the league knows that pharmaceuticals are more dangerous than weed. “It’s much less damaging than the opioids, the painkillers, the shots, the pills … and it’s time professional sports stops punishing them but works with them.” He added that at least two-thirds of the country can legally access medical marijuana and banning athletes from using medical marijuana is wrong.
He also wants more progressive and pot-friendly politicians elected in the congress. His website says “It is time for Congress and the Administration to face the facts surrounding marijuana, its use and regulation, and develop a legislative framework that accounts for the inevitable transition of marijuana policy – one that is already well under way. Federal marijuana policy should be modernized to reduce confusion, uncertainty, and conflicting government priorities. Maintaining the status quo creates an inconsistent legal environment that wastes law enforcement resources and misses out on potential tax revenues.”
The Cannabis Fund has only raised $2000 so far, but Blumenauer said that he plans to buy advertisement on billboards that would promote medical marijuana in the district of Congressman Sessions to combat his anti-pot rhetoric in his own precinct.