With a passionate, pun-laden statement, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch became the latest in a line of conservative Republicans in the legislative branch to support marijuana reform. Last month, Senator Orrin Hatch announced that he would be introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act (MEDS ACT).
The bill is notable for its support from moderate Republican Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. Senator Hatch’s announcement is of particular importance to the marijuana movement as it shows that one of the most conservative senators, representing one of the most conservative states in the United States, is willing to embrace reform.
And Senator Hatch isn’t the only one joining the legalization movement. Here are some other notable conservatives who have come around to cannabis.
California’s Conservative Cannabis Crusader
Senator Hatch is by no means the first mainstream conservative to embrace marijuana reform. California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has long been a conservative voice for reform in the Republican-controlled House. He has also brought conservative leadership and insight into the recently formed Congressional Cannabis Caucus with Republican Congressmen Don Young of Alaska, Democrat Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, and Democrat Jared Polis of Colorado. Congressmen Rohrabacher has also introduced the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017” to the house.
He has also lent his name to the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment — a federal budget rider that has protected medical marijuana patients and businesses since 2014 thanks to bipartisan support for medical cannabis in the House.
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