Democratic Cannabis Caucus Leaders Say GOP Co-Chair’s Vote Against Legalization Bill Is No Reason For Alarm

Democratic Cannabis Caucus Leaders Say GOP Co-Chair’s Vote Against Legalization Bill Is No Reason For Alarm
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of a bill to federally legalize marijuana. And while the vote largely fell along partisan lines, there was at least one notable “no” on the Republican side: Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), who supports ending prohibition and serves as a co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. But shortly after the vote, the Democratic co-chairs of the panel told Marijuana Moment that there’s no reason for alarm, and the caucus remains committed to finding bipartisan ground on which to advance comprehensive reform. To be sure, Joyce’s vote didn’t come as a surprise. Not only did his office circulate a letter to other GOP offices ahead of a House Rules Committee hearing on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, outlining the reasons for his opposition after attempting to work with the sponsor on revisions, but he also penned an op-ed for Marijuana Moment going into further detail about his stance on the bill ahead of the floor vote. And, Joyce had voted against an earlier version of the legislation the first time it came to the floor in 2020. Even so, the “no” vote from a leader of Cannabis Caucus raised some questions about the utility of the bipartisan group whose aim is to see past disagreements on other issues while uniting on cannabis reform. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) addressed Joyce’s opposition to the MORE Act during a virtual press briefing following the vote. “First of all, a lot of caucuses have disagreements,” Lee told Marijuana Moment, adding that she co-chairs another caucus where members “disagree” and “try to work through the issues.” “But we sometimes have to agree to disagree—and, unfortunately, that happened this time,” the congresswoman said. She also said that she spoke with Joyce…

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