Pot and politics

Pot and politics

The politics of medical marijuana in Arkansas will be an interesting story as it evolves.

The politics of medical marijuana in Arkansas will be an interesting story as it evolves. Could it, for example, become an issue in congressional races?

It is an issue that doesn’t break as neatly along partisan lines as, say, abortion and gay rights. A group supporting legal marijuana notes today that 69 U.S. representatives are pushing legislation to ensure that federal Justice Department money cannot be used to interfere with states that have authorized some form of legal marijuana. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has threatened this. Will Arkansas’s congressmen support this measure? (Not likely, we’d guess.) Will candidates running against the state’s Republicans in Congress this year make it an issue? Voters of all sorts passed medical marijuana by a healthy margin in the state, after all.

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