Democratic Congressman Criticizes Planned Marijuana Legalization Vote, Joining GOP Members

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A Democratic congressman on Tuesday joined his GOP colleagues in criticizing a planned House vote on a bill to federally legalize marijuana. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) weighed in on the chamber’s pending action this week on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, writing that lawmakers “should be working every minute to get a deal done [on coronavirus relief] & get money to people who need it.” “Instead, the House is voting on a piecemeal marijuana bill that won’t become law?” he said. “Decriminalizing marijuana is an important issue that should be taken seriously & done the right way. This isn’t the right way.” “Right now, an American is dying every minute, people are going broke, & nursing homes are still too vulnerable,” he added. “We should be focused on nothing else.” Decriminalizing marijuana is an important issue that should be taken seriously & done the right way. This isn't the right way. Right now, an American is dying every minute, people are going broke, & nursing homes are still too vulnerable. We should be focused on nothing else. — Conor Lamb (@ConorLambPA) December 1, 2020 While more than two dozen Republican legislators have recently condemned House leadership for advancing cannabis reform before passing another COVID-19 bill, no other Democratic member has publicly questioned the decision so far. But it’s not entirely surprising that this criticism is coming from Lamb. While he’s previously cosponsored modest reform legislation to promote research into medical cannabis for veterans and allow banks to service state-legal marijuana businesses, he’s voted against bipartisan measures to protect state cannabis programs from federal intervention two years in a row. The congressman did say during his campaign in 2018 that he supports medical cannabis legalization, however. Watch Lamb discuss medical cannabis, around 32:37 into the video below: Months…

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