Some Republicans are showing their love for marijuana

Traditionally, the GOP has been the archenemy of expanded marijuana legalization. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took pride in preventing national movements. Her party has also been quick to blame cannabis use for everything, including mass shootings and the fentanyl crisis. But a few Republican champions have emerged in recent years, and it's a little startling.

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The cannabis industry held its breath with the election of the Biden/Harris candidates. Vice President Harris had been an enemy and there was fear of what would happen when they took office. The reality is that nothing happened. Despite Biden's promises to help, it took him three years to consider restructuring cannabis debt. He has refused to move Congress to support federal legalization, and Harris has continued to defer.

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Surprising to most, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, spoke out in favor of taxing and regulating recreational cannabis. DC is under congressional oversight and has been begging for statehood for generations. The elected Federal Council is currently still responsible for administering parts of the city. In 2014, nearly two-thirds of D.C. voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana in a 2014 ballot initiative. In the District, possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana is decriminalized for residents 21 years of age or older for recreational or medical purposes under the District's marijuana laws. Comer is very open to following voters' wishes.

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Additionally, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) reintroduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) 2.0 Act, signaling renewed efforts to end federal marijuana prohibition in states where it is legal. And it's being pushed by Republicans. Co-sponsored by Reps. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR), Brian Mast (R-FL), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Troy Carter (D-LA), it goes beyond decriminalizing state cannabis programs by it proposes the following: Federal tax and regulatory framework for the cannabis industry.

You also have Rep Nancy Mace (R-SC), who has led the effort on SAFE Banking and more, and has worked on the other side to support the cannabis industry.

While that's a good sign, it doesn't mean Republicans have full support. There is a lot of disarray in Ohio as Republicans feel voters were confused when 70% voted and passed recreational marijuana. They are now working to eradicate it. You can learn from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who told Florida voters who don't care that 70% voted for cannabis that he knows better.

There's a saying about politics making strange bedfellows. I think marijuana makes strange cannabis friends.

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