A newly elected Republican representative in Missouri spoke at a meeting over the weekend advocating for the legalization of marijuana, according to Fox-2 News. Representative elect Shamed Dogan, a newly-elected Tea Party Republican, was a speaker on a panel on the Fall Cannabis Reform Conference held last Saturday.
He told the attendees his rationale, “I think the fact it is a state verses federal thing, that’s another argument to use with people. I mean, why should I care that the federal government’s made it completely illegal, right? Like, why shouldn’t states be able to experiment and have different policies?”
Of all the arguments for legalization – from medicinal and research study benefits to the vastly unjust, racist enforcement policies tethered to the war on drugs, this may not be the best reason out there for legalization. It’s an interesting show of support from a Tea Party Republican, and most likely just a sign that the Republican party is trying to modernize its support by pushing a few policies that Millennials can get behind.
Or maybe Republican leadership is starting to realize that times will be easier for everyone under a Republican-controlled government if we can spend the remainder of the next two years getting stoned?