U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis leads nearly 70 bipartisan members in push for marijuana-fix
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., are demanding the “McClintock-Polis amendment” be included in the next government funding bill. A vote on the next government funding bill must occur before Jan. 19 or the federal government will shut down. The McClintock-Polis amendment prevents the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from prosecuting anyone for using, selling, or possessing marijuana in compliance with state laws - protecting the legal marijuana industry across th... Read more

  • Polis defends the privacy of U.S. citizens
    Posted in Press Releases on January 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Policy & Defense

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., defended the privacy of U.S. citizens today, voting against the reauthorization of the Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. Polis offered an amendment, based off the U.S.A. Rights Act, to end warrantless searches, in line with the fourth amendment of the Constitution. “We can and must preserve privacy and our constitutional protections while defending against foreign adversaries. The go... Read more

  • Polis, Coffman, DeGette, Perlmutter ask Sessions to leave states that have legalized marijuana alone
    Posted in Press Releases on January 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    Members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation; led by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; sent a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to reverse his decision on the Cole Memorandum. The Cole Memorandum is necessary to protect Colorado from the federal government’s interference into its well-regulated marijuana industry. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., Rep. Coffman, R-Colo., Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., sent the letter together, and have been active... Read more

  • Polis, leader of Congressional Cannabis Caucus, condemns Attorney General’s decision on marijuana
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would reverse the Cole Memo, and target states - like Colorado - that have legalized marijuana. The Cole Memo had stated that the federal government must prioritize investigating and stopping the illegal drug trade and associated crimes, rather than expending resources on highly regulated industries, such as marijuana in Colorado. “It is absurd that Attorney General Sessions has broken Trump... Read more

  • Polis asks Trump to override Attorney General’s marijuana decision
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., sent the following letter to President Trump this afternoon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would repeal the Cole Memo, and target states - like Colorado - that have legalized and regulated marijuana. Polis, along with three other members of Congress, launched the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus in 2017. The Caucus is a forum for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss, learn, and work together to establish a better and more rational approa... Read more

  • Polis asks FDA to lift public health warning on Kratom
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is calling for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lift its public health warning on kratom, a natural alternative to opioids. Polis’s call comes as the Centers for Disease Control announced that the U.S. life expectancy fell for the second year in a row, citing the opioid epidemic as a significant contributing factor. Polis led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., to Commissioner Gottlieb which read, in part: “The beneficial potential, safety, an... Read more

  • Polis on short-term budget
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a short-term budget which only extends government funding until Jan. 19. “Congress skipped town before passing a long-term budget or finding a solution for dreamers who rely on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - or for the children and pregnant women who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). I thought we all learned in grade-school that there’s no re... Read more

  • Polis warns that the Republican tax plan will grow the national debt
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., opposed the Republican tax plan, which passed the House of Representatives again today on a party line vote. The plan is expected to increase the national debt by over $1.5 trillion and raise taxes for many. “The Republican tax scheme grows the national debt by over $1.5 trillion, providing handouts to corporations and special interests while hitting middle class families with tax hikes. It serves only to weaken the nation’s economy at a time when many are still trying... Read more

  • Polis: The internet as we know it - Going, going, gone! Sold (sadly) to the highest bidder.
    Posted in Press Releases on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science & Technology

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement about the FCC eliminating Net Neutrality protections. “Next up: The internet as we know it. Going, going, gone! Sold (sadly) to the highest bidder. Against the will of the people, the FCC rolled back Net Neutrality protections today, effectively ending the internet as we know it and stifling the free flow of information upon which our economy depends,” said Polis. “Knowing exactly how critical the internet is to innovation, I won’t give up ... Read more

  • Marijuana as an Alternative to Opioids
    Posted in Press Releases on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    The Honorable Eric D. Hargan Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Mr. Secretary: As you know, our country is grappling with an opioid epidemic that is now taking 91 lives every single day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioids are involved in almost half of all fatal opioid overdoses. Prescription drugs have been a key factor in the rapid growth of this public health eme... Read more

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  • Polis leads nearly 70 bipartisan members in push for marijuana-fix

    January 12, 2018

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., are demanding the “McClintock-Polis amendment” be included in the next government funding bill. A vote on the next government funding bill must occur before Jan. 19 or the federal governme...

  • Polis defends the privacy of U.S. citizens

    January 11, 2018

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., defended the privacy of U.S. citizens today, voting against the reauthorization of the Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. Polis offered a...

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