Congressional Cannabis Caucus Names New GOP Co-Chair Who Voted To Federally Legalize Marijuana Last Week

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Names New GOP Co-Chair Who Voted To Federally Legalize Marijuana Last Week
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Leaders of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus (CCC) on Friday announced that they have selected Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) to serve as the fourth co-chair of the bipartisan panel to advance federal legalization. Mast was one of just three GOP members who voted in favor of a Democratic-led bill to end prohibition and promote social equity in the cannabis industry that passed in the House last week. He will replace the late Rep. Don Young (R-AK), who died last month at the age of 88, as one of two Republican co-chairs of the caucus. In a statement about the new role and his support for ending federal marijuana prohibition, Mast said that the “Constitution never says ‘cannabis,’ but it does say that unenumerated powers lie with the states.” “Federal cannabis policy should be based on that Constitutional principle,” he said. A military veteran who has championed various cannabis reform bills over his time in Congress, Mast is being recognized by his fellow co-chairs as an apt fit to join the caucus leadership. His GOP counterpart, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), said in a press release that the congressman “has established a reputation of good faith and leadership on strategic and sensible cannabis reform.” “Not only is Brian a longtime proponent of remedying the unjust consequences of our nation’s 80-year war on cannabis, but as a representative of a medically-legal state, he understands the complexities of both legal and non-legal markets and the necessity for federal reforms that work with—not against—individual states’ needs,” Joyce, who did not vote in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act last week, said. “Importantly, he knows all too-well the sacrifices America’s veterans have made and is committed to ensuring their needs are included in both comprehensive and individual reform efforts moving forward,” Joyce said.…

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