Pro-Legalization GOP Congresswoman Prevails In Primary Victory After Being Attacked Over Marijuana Reform Stance

Pro-Legalization GOP Congresswoman Prevails In Primary Victory After Being Attacked Over Marijuana Reform Stance
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The GOP House sponsor of a federal marijuana legalization bill prevailed against a primary reelection challenge on Tuesday, beating out an opponent who attacked her cannabis reform position and positioning herself to lead the charge on a comprehensive bipartisan policy change if Republicans end up taking the House majority in November’s midterms. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who is championing the States Reform Act (SRA) to end prohibition, handily defeated her opponent Katie Arrington, who released an attack ad accusing the congresswoman of being “high” over her focus on marijuana reform and at one point challenged her to take a drug test. The incumbent also succeeded despite attempts by a recently formed anti-legalization political action committee to push her out of Congress and former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of her opponent. (Trump on Wednesday nonetheless congratulated Mace on the victory when the race was called.) Mace’s home state Republican party organization also came out against her legalization proposal following its introduction. We did it!!!! #SC01 #KeepTheFirst pic.twitter.com/FfIz0KpOyC — Nancy Mace (@NancyMace) June 15, 2022 Cannabis advocates are widely pleased with the outcome, which keeps intact a key player in the push for bipartisan reform on the GOP side of the aisle as the prospects of Congress enacting Democratic-led legalization bills remain in question. Perhaps more importantly, the chances of Democrats maintaining their slim majorities in either chamber after November’s election are in serious doubt, so having a Republican member who has made comprehensive legalization a legislative priority remain in her seat—especially after her opponent attacked her over the issue—comes as a relief to those who’ve worked hard at advancing reform. Mace’s SRA shares many similarities with bills that Democratic House and Senate leadership have worked to get enacted over the years, recognizing the need for some measure of social equity and…

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