A Marijuana legalization bill scheduled for a vote next month has sparked controversy, with House Republicans blasting Democrats for the planned vote.
A blog post from the GOP Conference site titled “Democrats Prioritize Legalizing Marijuana Instead of Providing COVID-19 Relief To The American People” criticized House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for announcing the upcoming December vote on a legalization bill this week.
The Republican party notes that the vote was initially slated for September but was called off because certain centrist Democrats evaded being questioned by the electorate prior to the election about why they were focusing too much on cannabis legalization rather than backing a bipartisan deal that would offer crucial COVID-19 relief.
While that might have been true for a few moderate members who voted for rescheduling, progressives have challenged that narrative.
In recent news, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued about cannabis reforms, an action that saw the ousting of several centrist members of their party but also saw a wave of successful cannabis legalization measures including red states.
GOP added in a post that even after being repudiated by voters in part due to their reluctance to put politics aside and negotiate in good faith to make a deal enabling key COVID aid, the Democrats were wasting the House’s time with cannabis legalization rather than working on critical issues to help Americans hard-hit by the pandemic.
The Republican’s post continued to argue that it is no surprise that the American people rejected the House Democratic leadership on Election Day as it is clear they are more focused on their radical base than taking steps to address challenges their constituents encounter.
The GOP post stressed that the plan to vote on legalizing Marijuana instead of making a deal on COVID relief is one example of incompetence.
Despite such open criticism, at least three GOP House members have said they will vote in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement ( MORE) Act.