Matthew Gaetz, who voted yes on the MORE Act, still hopes to influence the President on marijuana legalization.
Rep. Matthew Gaetz didn’t hold back against Kellyanne Conway, criticizing the White House counselor’s previous statements against marijuana legalization. Gaetz responded to Conway’s comments, which represented a pro-prohibition attitude, with a meme currently on popular—“OK, boomer.”
“For all the folks that talk about the benefits and legalities of marijuana, there are many health professionals and employers increasingly concerned that this is not your grandfather’s or your father’s marijuana,” Conway previously said on CNN in April. “The TCH components are much stronger.”
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Gaetz, while an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, voted his approval of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act last week, which passed in the House Judiciary Committee. When asked about Conway’s views on legal marijuana, Gaetz labeled them as reminiscent of outdated thinking from the baby boomer generation.
To my friend Kellyanne Conway, I would say, ‘OK, boomer’. That’s a very boomer approach to marijuana, for no other reason than it’s THC, not TCH, and I think her reflection shows a real ignorance to the science.
Under the MORE Act, marijuana would be removed from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing marijuana at the federal level. It will also place a 5% sales tax on all marijuana products, which will fund grants and programs to support those communities affected by the war on drugs. In addition, the bill would allow VA physicians to recommend marijuana to veterans.
Though CNN host Michael Smerconish labeled Gaetz a “Trump whisperer,” the congressman didn’t indicate that Trump was backing the MORE Act.
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“President Trump is no fan of marijuana,” said Gaetz. “But I think he made commitments about medical marijuana in his 2016 campaign that we still need to fulfill. Fortunately, Attorney General [William] Barr is in the rule making process now so we can accelerate the approvals of research…which will accelerate the pressure on Congress.”