GOP Lawmaker Files Complaint Over Democrat’s Marijuana Mask Worn During House Legalization Debate

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A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives has filed a formal complaint over a Democratic colleague’s decision to wear a face mask with images of marijuana leaves on it during a debate on a legalization bill, saying the garment amounted to an endorsement of recreational drug use and diminished “the seriousness and decorum of the House floor.” “Legality aside, it’s unbecoming for a House member to wear clothing that promotes the use of any recreational drugs on the House floor,’ Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “It’s a clear violation of the House’s Code of Conduct which prohibits all behavior that does not, ‘reflect creditably on the House.’” Banks—who argued that the speaker has “allowed facemasks to be worn on the House floor that wouldn’t be allowed in a High School assembly hall”—was calling out Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a longtime legalization advocate who on Thursday wore a mask covered in a cannabis-leaf print during a procedural debate on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would federally legalize marijuana. I've been waiting for this moment for 47 years. To preside during this debate is a true honor. #EndCannabisProhibition pic.twitter.com/6lqiV09Dfn — Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) December 3, 2020 After Thursday’s debate on the rule for considering the cannabis legislation, the House passed the bill itself on Friday on a 228–164 vote that fell mostly along party lines. Banks himself voted against the legislation, which faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Senate. “Whether or not members’ dress is appropriate is decided by the Speaker,” Banks acknowledged in his letter to Pelosi, first reported by the Daily Caller, but he added that the “best solution is likely a blanket ban on stylized facemasks.” Separately in the letter, Banks observed that…

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