New PAC Backed by SAM Executive Launches Campaign to Unseat Rep. Nancy Mace

New PAC Backed by SAM Executive Launches Campaign to Unseat Rep. Nancy Mace

<![CDATA[After introducing a bill that aims to end federal cannabis prohibition, U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., is now the target of a new political action committee (PAC) backed by a notorious prohibitionist group’s executive. Mace’s States Reform Act (SRA) offers a path to reform that includes a 3% federal cannabis excise tax and provides state governments the power to regulate cannabis products through the health-and-safety oversights of their choosing, while authorizing the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to oversee cannabis products in interstate commerce.Although Mace’s proposed legislation is one of three high-profile bills aimed at broad federal cannabis reform introduced this Congress, it was a little too ambitious for a PAC called Protect Our Kids, which prohibitionist group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Executive Vice President Luke Niforatos filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in January. The PAC announced March 28 it would be running digital advertising “educating Republican primary voters on Rep. Mace’s destructive policy positions,” The Post and Courier reported. While Protect Our Kids will operate separately from SAM, the ties remain.  Formed in 2013, after Colorado and Washington voters approved adult-use legalization measures in the November 2012 election, SAM was co-founded by Kevin Sabet, a former three-time adviser for the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. The organization aims to create policies that decrease cannabis use. Tax documents filed by SAM in 2019 show the group has annual revenues in the millions. Niforatos joined SAM in 2017 as a chief of staff and senior policy adviser, before getting promoted to executive VP in 2020. Niforatos launched the Protect Our Kids PAC with a group of several parents who are “tired of lax drug policies that harm our kids,” according to the committee’s website. “Thrilled to announce a project I’ve been working…

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