Rep. Nancy Mace, of South Carolina, is on U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s good side.
On the surface, the Republican congresswoman‘s loyalty should be good news for marijuana legalization’s prospects on Capitol Hill.
Mace is a leading conservative voice for marijuana reform.
And McCarthy, a California Republican, won the gavel after a protracted leadership fight, relying on steady support from moderates such as Mace to survive a revolt led by the far-right House Freedom Caucus.
But as for the marijuana industry’s hopes for significant reform in the 118th Congress, Mace offers only a cold, hard reality.
“It’s more challenging. It’s certainly more challenging under Republican rule,” she said.
Marijuana will struggle for attention in the current Congress despite promising signs demonstrating the issue’s continued success.
Although marijuana legalization has spread to red states including Missouri, where adult-use sales began last week, and a majority of Americans
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