GOP Cannabis Caucus Leader Explains Why He Opposes Marijuana Legalization Bill Getting House Vote (Op-Ed)

GOP Cannabis Caucus Leader Explains Why He Opposes Marijuana Legalization Bill Getting House Vote (Op-Ed)
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“We have to quit the games and instead act on effective, achievable cannabis reform that can build the bipartisan consensus necessary to become law and improve the lives of millions.” By Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) As a Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I am dedicated to the immediate and responsible end of federal cannabis prohibition. As a former prosecutor, I believe in effectively addressing the unjust consequences of cannabis criminalization. As one of the lone Republicans on this issue, I recognize that bipartisanship is the only foundation upon which Congress can build the consensus necessary to enact impactful cannabis reform. For these reasons, I cannot support the MORE Act. As we learned following alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, it is in the public’s interest to ensure Americans have safe products that are grown, processed and consumed in an effective regulatory system. That’s why I introduced the first Republican bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to both end federal cannabis prohibition and call for proactive federal regulations similar to alcohol. It remains the only bipartisan measure to do so. To responsibly end prohibition, the federal government must simultaneously issue a regulatory framework that works in conjunction with states’ specifics needs. The MORE Act lacks this critical element or any meaningful and immediate regulatory safeguards at all, leaving individual states to sort out issues typically reserved for federal agencies in the interim. This will be as detrimental to anyone who relies on the legal cannabis market as prohibition currently is today. Furthermore, most, if not all, of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle agree with me: aside from the physician-prescribed treatment of a minor, cannabis must remain an adult use product. So why are we voting on proposals that don’t guarantee that it will? I cannot vote for…

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