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GOP Lawmakers May Push Back on Sessions' Marijuana Policy

GOP Lawmakers May Push Back on Sessions' Marijuana Policy
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Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:12 PM

With a majority of Republicans now supportive of marijuana legalization, there may be strong GOP resistance to the latest federal effort to stamp out legal weed, Business Insider reported.

Polling — and 2016 election results — have found support for legal marijuana has reached new highs, the outlet noted.

For example, an October Gallup poll showed 64 percent of Americans support legalizing the drug for both recreational and medical use — the highest since the question was asked in 1969, the pollster noted.

The presidential election results also showed Republicans more open to legal weed, BI reported; out of eight states voting to make marijuana legal, five were states that supported President Donald Trump, and four of the five also had legalized marijuana.

The trends suggests GOP lawmakers could push-back on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement Thursday to roll back a policy letting states where weed is legal to decide if they'll enforce federal marijuana laws, BI reported.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is chairing the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2018 cycle, threatened to withhold Trump's nominees to the Justice Department if the so-called Cole Memo is not upheld. 

And Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told a Washington Examiner reporter the "federal government has better things to focus on" than cracking down on marijuana.

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With a majority of Republicans now supportive of marijuana legalization, there may be strong GOP resistance to the latest federal effort to stamp out legal weed, Business Insider reported.
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