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Bill Maher predicts Republicans will ‘steal’ the marijuana debate and make it about freedom

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Political commentator Bill Maher argued that Republicans could easily “steal” the issue of federal legalization of marijuana by making it an issue of freedom after Democrats inserted “too many things” about racial “equality” into the House bill. measure to decriminalize cannabis.

Maher, 66, who often draws the ire of liberals and conservatives alike on his long-running HBO show real timeargued Friday night that marijuana legalization is swinging in Republicans’ favor and is “something we should be doing.”

Republicans are going to steal the case. I think eventually,” Maher told former Attorney General Eric Holder after being asked why President Joe Biden had not yet pushed for federal legalization of marijuana. “I mean, it could be one of those freedom issues.”

He also noted how Republicans resisted the marijuana law passed by the House in April because of the language surrounding racial equality.

“Now I understand the urge to, for example, if you want to have new businesses that are legal in the marijuana field, yes, they should probably go to the people who suffered the most during the drug war,” Maher said. “Republicans, of course, say this is a deal breaker.”

Bill Maher argued that Republicans could easily “steal” the issue of federal marijuana legalization by making it an issue of liberty after Democrats inserted “too many things” about racial “equality” into the measure passed by the House to decriminalize weed

Maher argued that while Republicans may be in favor of legalizing weed, they will not pass legislation laced with racial undertones.

‘What do you want, half a loaf of bread? If they said okay no justice, is it better to pass or change the law or wait for justice?” he wondered.

“It’s better to have the law changed,” Holder replied. “Deal with the social reality that we have and, you know, try to make it as just as possible, but I wouldn’t want to stop the movement that I think makes sense for the sake of justice.”

Maher also joked that the GOP could get on board with the federal legalization of marijuana, as some Republicans are directly affiliated with the company, such as former House Speaker John Boehner who currently sits on the board of cannabis company Acreage Holdings.

“I mean, someone like John Boehner now works for a marijuana company,” Maher argued. “And of course the Republicans also smoke a lot of weed.”

Holder replied, ‘Not enough. They need to soften up a bit.’

Boehner joined the board of Acreage Holdings in 2018 and later became chairman of the National Cannabis Roundtable, a lobby group dedicated to marijuana.

So is a 2021 Quinnipiac University poll revealed that 62 percent of Republicans polled supported the legalization of marijuana. Seventy-eight percent of participants who identified as Democrats also supported the measure.

Anyway, only three GOP legislators – Florida Reps. Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast and Tom McClintock, of California – voted in favor of April’s bill to legalize marijuana nationwide.

Maher (left) told former Attorney General Eric Holder (right) that the GOP could get involved in the federal legalization of marijuana because some party members are directly associated with the company and because

Maher (left) told former Attorney General Eric Holder (right) that the GOP could get involved in the federal legalization of marijuana because some party members are directly associated with the company and because “Republicans also smoke a lot of weed.” Holder replied, ‘Not enough. They need to calm down a bit.”

Maher pointed out how former House Speaker John Boehner (pictured in March 2016, mowing his lawn in retirement)

Maher pointed out how former House Speaker John Boehner (pictured in March 2016, mowing his lawn in retirement) “now works for a marijuana company.” Boehner also became the chairman of the National Cannabis Roundtable, a pro-marijuana lobby group

The House passed the bill on April 1 to federally legalize marijuana with a vote of 220-204, mostly along party lines, that sends the legislation to the Senate.

It marked the second time the Democrat-led House passed a bill to decriminalize weed, the first being in December 2020.

The Marijuana Reinvestment and Disposal Act (HR 3617) decriminalizes possession, distribution and production of cannabis – and no longer classifies it as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

However, Republicans claimed the bill was half-baked and failed to address the “obvious ramifications” of legalizing marijuana.

While the Senate has not yet voted on HR 3617, The hill reported last month that momentum is growing in the Senate for another piece of cannabis legislation.

The paper argued that bipartisan lawmakers are pushing for key marijuana banking legislation to be included in the proposed SAFE Banking Act, which aims to strengthen the country’s supply chains and manufacturing.

The House passed the bill to federally legalize marijuana on April 1 by a vote of 220-204, mostly along party lines, and sent the legislation to the Senate

The House passed the bill to federally legalize marijuana on April 1 by a vote of 220-204, mostly along party lines, and sent the legislation to the Senate

However, Republicans argued that the bill was half-baked and failed to address the

However, Republicans argued that the bill was half-baked and failed to address the “obvious ramifications” of legalizing marijuana

A map of the United States showing marijuana legality by state

A map of the United States showing marijuana legality by state

If the marijuana component is included in the legislation, the SAFE Banking Act would allow cannabis companies to use banking services.

“This is currently a cash-only business. It’s dangerous for workers,” D-Wash Senator Patty Murray told The Hill on May 4. “It’s dangerous for the customers and it can be repaired.”

“We officially have nine Republican co-sponsors, almost 50 Democrats,” said Bill co-sponsor Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) “There are some other Republicans that I’m sure if we voted, they would vote for them. So we have the votes to pass the SAFE Banking Act as a standalone law, if we want to.”

Other Republicans have argued that the bill is a vital step to change the current system that encourages crime and prevents “proper multi-billion dollar tracking” in marijuana sales.

However, there is speculation that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will likely prevent “marijuana banking” from being included in the measure.

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