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Sen. Lindsey Graham Open To Medical Marijuana, Rep. Nancy Mace Votes Against MORE Act

By Nina Zdinjak

Representatives room approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Debarment Act (MORE), HR 3617 Friday, sending it to the Senate. The MORE Act removes cannabis from federal controlled substances law, allowing states to legalize cannabis, its production and sale, without federal interference.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), considered one of the leaders among GOP reps in favor of removing cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, voted against it. Why?

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“The MORE Act imposes a system on people in South Carolina and other states that they don’t want. By comparison, my bill, the States Reform Act, takes the federal government out of the equation and lets the states decide for themselves,” Mace explained. reported by state.

She introduced her bill – the States Reform Act – in November last year, but the measure failed in 12 committees and seven subcommittees without a hearing.

According to Mace, the House’s passage of the MORE Act could be a good start in creating a bipartisan consensus around legislation that would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, reported Marijuana Trade Daily.

Mace added that she was looking forward to a marijuana breakthrough in Washington DC. She revealed that one of her Democratic counterparts on the House Oversight and Reform Committee had confirmed that he would at least hold a hearing on her States Reform Act.

“This is a multi-billion dollar industry problem. He’s not leaving. And we need a bipartisan solution,” Mace said, adding that she had received a very positive reception from her congressional colleagues in Congress.

How to get Republican support?

According to Mace, many don’t understand that his bill doesn’t actually legalize cannabis at the federal level, but instead offers complete control and power to each state. Mace thinks giving control to the states and treating cannabis like alcohol is the only way for marijuana reform to gain Republican support.

Mace added that his State Reform Act can save many lives and do a lot of good, in addition to saving the federal government money.

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“It’s a win-win-win situation for the Conservatives. It can be a huge win for everyone.

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She is also not optimistic that the Senate’s MORE Act or any other similar legislation will soon pass.

While she may be right, like many other industry pundits who doubt there will be federal marijuana reform this year, it is evident that cannabis legalization is slowly but steadily gaining more support. large.

Senator Lindsey Graham Signals Openness to Medical Marijuana

Senator Graham recently revealed he was “open” to medical marijuana as the MORE Act headed through the Senate.

“Medical marijuana, I’ve heard from many people in our state, seems to have some value,” Graham said per WMBF News. “If you can show me, and I think there’s evidence that it helps, then the idea of ​​medical marijuana I would be open to.”

While Graham’s opposition to the federal legalization of cannabis, especially in the midst of an opioid crisis, is abundantly clear, he seems to understand the value of medical marijuana.

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“One thing we have to realize, opioids help with pain, but they’re very addictive,” Graham said. “There is no easy answer here, but in terms of marijuana legalization, no. I think that causes a lot of problems. As for allowing marijuana in controlled environments in the hands of doctors, that might be something I could support.

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This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been republished with permission.

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