If there's any doubt that freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new champion of all progressive causes, her latest hire will definitely prove it.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez announced that she's hired former Marijuana Policy Project Director of Federal Policies Dan Riffle to work as senior counsel and advisor to the newly elected congresswoman. In addition to working with the Marijuana Policy Project, Riffle has also worked as communications director former Rep. Keith Ellison and a legislative aide to former Rep. John Conyers.
While Riffle is being brought on to help Ocasio-Cortez with all issues, she's also made it clear she is in favor of marijuana legalization. She's repeatedly stated her support for legalization and advocated to fix the harms caused by the War on Drugs. She even stated her support for the issue when her hire of Riffle went public.
Ocasio-Cortez hasn't proposed any legislation directly related to marijuana yet, although she has only been in Congress for like two weeks now. So it will be interesting to see if she becomes another champion for marijuana in Congress the same way she's taking on climate change, income inequality and other issues.
We can't wait to see how conservatives twist this into another criticism of the new congresswoman.
(h/t New York Post)