GOP Congresswoman’s Marijuana Legalization Bill Draws Fire From Home-State Republican Party

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The South Carolina Republican party is coming out against a marijuana legalization bill that was introduced on Monday by a GOP congresswoman who represents the state. Shortly after Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) held a press conference formally unveiling the legislation, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick issued a statement affirming that the organization opposes “any” effort to end prohibition and making clear that the congresswoman’s bill is no exception. “Our Party platform is clear: ‘We support firm enforcement of existing laws against the abuse and distribution of controlled substances, and we oppose any effort to legalize the use of controlled substances,’ and that includes marijuana,” McKissick said. “We’ve seen Democrats across the country, even here at home with Joe Cunningham and Mia McLeod, campaign on legalizing weed against the wishes of law enforcement,” he added, referring to gubernatorial candidates of the other party. “Even just today Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced in his campaign video for governor that he wants to legalize marijuana.” “Unequivocally, the South Carolina Republican Party is against any effort to legalize, decriminalize the use of controlled substances, and that includes this bill,” the statement concludes. “Since this will have widespread negative impacts, from rising crime, violence, and mental health issues in children, I think it’s a safe bet to say most Republicans will be against it too.” After @RepNancyMace rolls out a Republican plan for federal marijuana legalization, the @SCGOP issues a statement opposing it. pic.twitter.com/vrLdAns5f2 — Nick Reynolds (@IAmNickReynolds) November 15, 2021 Already, however, Mace said that she already has a handful of GOP cosponsors on Capitol Hill. And she stressed on Monday that her office is “getting a lot of great feedback from Republicans and Democrats on this bill.” “My main goal is to get as much Republican support as I can initially,…

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