How Losing Pro-Marijuana Republicans in Congress Could Affect Legalization

Last Tuesday, Democrats retook control of the House of Representatives, a development that many marijuana advocates celebrated. But now some are wondering if losing pro-cannabis Republicans may actually hurt the cause.

Several pro-marijuana Republicans lost their bids for re-election last week during the midterm elections. This included Dana Rohrabacher, arguably the biggest champion for cannabis laws in Congress the past few years, Carlos Cubelo, who’s attempted to push laws to make banking and taxes easier for marijuana businesses, and Mike Coffman, who pushed to protect states that legalized marijuana like his home state Colorado. 

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