The GOP House sponsor of a federal marijuana legalization bill prevailed against a primary reelection challenge on Tuesday, beating out an opponent who attacked her cannabis reform position and positioning herself to lead the charge on a comprehensive bipartisan policy change if Republicans end up taking the House majority in November’s midterms.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who is championing the States Reform Act (SRA) to end prohibition, handily defeated her opponent Katie Arrington, who released an attack ad accusing the congresswoman of being “high” over her focus on marijuana reform and at one point challenged her to take a drug test.
The incumbent also succeeded despite attempts by a recently formed anti-legalization political action committee to push her out of Congress and former President Donald Trump’s endorsement of her opponent. (Trump on Wednesday nonetheless congratulated Mace on the victory when the race was called.)
Mace’s home state Republican party organization also came out against her legalization proposal following its introduction.
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