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House of Representatives votes to decriminalize cannabis

During Friday’s debate, House Republicans raised concerns that the bill would expose more children to cannabis and ignore mental health issues in adult users. Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs mocked fellow Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee for confusing today’s potent strains with those of his youth.

“He thinks weed is a drug that makes people go silly and eat Cheetos,” Mr. Biggs said of Mr. Cohen.

But they generally sidestepped the issue, which is rife in both parties, blaming Democrats for not addressing more pressing issues.

“The left is not going to let the Democrats do what needs to be done about the inflation problem, the energy problem, the illegal immigration problem on the southern border,” said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee. “So what are they doing? They legalize drugs. Impressive.”

This opposition belied the issue’s popularity among Democratic and Republican voters. Some deeply Republican states like Oklahoma have become marijuana boom states. Kansas is the latest state on the verge of legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Federal law is way off the mark.

“This is a matter of individual liberty and basic fairness that clearly transcends party lines,” wrote Mr. Schumer, Mr. Wyden and Mr. Booker in a February letter to fellow senators. “However, one major hurdle remains in the ability of states to make their own decisions about cannabis — the continued federal ban on marijuana.”

Ms Mace said the Democrats, with whom she was negotiating, would have to pass their version of a legalization bill before they could hold serious talks on a bipartisan bill with Senate support. She has used the issue to differentiate herself from her main Republican opponent, Katie Arrington, who has supported President Donald J. Trump.

“I hope I can be forgiven for voting against,” Ms Mace said Friday before casting her vote against the Democrats’ bill. “Because I want to keep going. I want to work on this topic, but we have to work on it together.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/us/politics/marijuana-legalization.html House of Representatives votes to decriminalize cannabis

Ethan Gach

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