Pro-Legalization GOP Congresswoman Questions If Pro-Legalization GOP Congressman Is High Amid Leadership Fight

Pro-Legalization GOP Congresswoman Questions If Pro-Legalization GOP Congressman Is High Amid Leadership Fight
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The 118th Congress is off to a rocky start. And as Republicans in the House struggle to coalesce around a speaker, one GOP congresswoman who backs marijuana legalization took a hit at a colleague who also supports legalization with an accusation that he might be high on drugs. For advocates, it’s not the most reassuring kind of party infighting. Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) are among the few House Republican champions of cannabis reform, and the early conflict could risk depressing efforts to build on bipartisan momentum to move the issue forward this session. Mace has gone after Gaetz from several angles in recent days over the congressman’s role in rallying opposition against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who received the GOP nomination for speaker but has failed in several votes to secure majority support in the chamber to take on the top role. This is the first time in a century that the House hasn’t elected a speaker in the first round of voting. On Wednesday, as just before House held its fourth vote for speaker in two days, Mace delivered another critique: “I know people think I’m the weed lady…but serious question @repmattgaetz, what are you on?” I know people think I'm the weed lady…but serious question @repmattgaetz, what are you on? — Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) January 4, 2023 Mace sponsored a comprehensive legalization bill last session and has made a name for herself as one of the most vocal proponents of reform in the chamber, filing legislation to enact marijuana policy changes up until the very last days of the prior Congress. But while she told Marijuana Moment following last year’s election that she’s optimistic about advancing the issue even after Republicans took the majority in the House, the intraparty conflict raises some questions…

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