Dear Mr. -------: This letter acknowledges your communication regarding the medicinal use of marijuana. I appreciate hearing your views on this matter. Several pieces of legislation regarding the use of medical marijuana have been introduced in Congress over the past several years addressing this issue. In the 112th Congress, H.R. 1983, the States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, was introduced by Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts on May 25, 2011. H.R. 1983, which would require federal law enforcement agencies to recognize the laws of states that have enacted regulations governing the use medicinal of marijuana, was subsequently referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health where it is awaiting further action. Additionally, H.R. 1984, the Small Business Banking Improvement Act, was introduced by Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado, and H.R. 1985, the Small Business Tax Equity Act, was introduced by Congressman Pete Stark of California. These bills would remove many banking and tax barriers currently in place against medical marijuana dispensaries. H.R. 1984 was referred to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. H.R. 1985 is currently awaiting further action by the House Ways and Means Committee. In the past, I have supported measures that would prevent the U.S. Justice Department from using appropriated funds to interfere with states' medical marijuana laws. I believe medical marijuana should be regulated at the state level. In Maryland, the law seeks to limit judicial penalties for medicinal users arrested for possession of marijuana. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if you have any questions or comments. To receive additional information about issues that are facing Congress, Maryland, and the Nation that may affect you and your community, please visit my website at www.dutch.house.gov and sign up for my periodic e-mail newsletter Sincerely, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger Member of Congress Glad to know someone in congress has a brain..