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Top Congressional Republican Wants Your Input on Marijuana
« Reply #1 on: 04-07-2015 at 09:30:36 PM »
Top Congressional Republican Wants Your Input on Marijuana

By Tom Angell  on          March 13, 2015   Law & Politics 

The Republican majority whip in Congress wants to know what you think about marijuana.
Rep. Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, posted a poll on his website this week asking visitors, “Do you support the legalization of marijuana at the federal level?”

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Scalise, whose role as whip makes him the third-highest ranking Republican in the House, hasn’t been friendly to marijuana reform during his time in Congress. Last year, for example, he voted against amendments to stop the Department of Justice from interfering in state medical marijuana laws and to allow V.A. doctors to recommend medical cannabis to military veterans.

However, if enough people vote yes on the new web poll, perhaps he’ll realize that a growing majority of Americans supports marijuana reform and will be convinced that changing his position would be a politically smart move. Legalization even has majority support in Scalise’s home state of Louisiana.

Then again, the poll requires that you enter your e-mail address in order to have your vote counted, so the whole thing could just be a list-building exercise. But if that’s the case, Scalise is likely to have a lot of people who support legalizing marijuana on his list in the near future. If he had something good to tell these new e-mail subscribers about working in Congress to scale back failed marijuana laws, he’d probably be more likely to successfully convince them to donate money or take action when he asks.

Either way, voting in the web poll seems like an easy way for people who support marijuana reform to help encourage Congressional leadership to evolve on the issue. And if you don’t like the e-mails Scalise sends you in the future you can always unsubscribe.