Congress's Biggest Anti-Marijuana Crusader Is Trailing in Polls Heading Into Election Day

Today is the 2018 midterm elections, and many cannabis advocates are hoping the next Congress will be more friendly towards marijuana than the current one. And at least in one race, that appears to be the case.

Republican Representative Pete Sessions is currently trailing by four points to his Democratic opponent Colin Allred in Texas' 32nd Congressional District. Sessions is the current chairman of the House Rules Committee, which gives him significant power to decide what bills do or do not get a vote in the House of Representatives. Since taking over the Rules Committee, Sessions has refused to advance any pro-cannabis bills. So getting Sessions out of the House would be a great outcome for marijuana advocates.

The poll did not that nine percent of voters said they were undecided or refused to answer the poll. If a significant majority of those undecided voters end up voting for Sessions, then he would probably win re-election.

However it may not matter whether Sessions wins his race. Most political pundits are forecasting that Democrats will win the House of Representatives, which means even if Sessions wins his race, he would no longer be in charge of the House Rules Committee as a Democrat would take over.

What is with people named Sessions and hating marijuana?

(h/t Fox News)

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President Trump's 2020 budget request includes a loophole that would let Washington, DC finally open up dispensaries for recreational cannabis. Although DC voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis back in 2014, Congress has used its power over the nation's capital to prevent it from selling cannabis for recreational use. Right now, local dispensaries can only sell medical marijuana to registered patients thanks to Congress, which controls spending in the District of Columbia.

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