Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) has gone from being a longtime supporter of marijuana legalization to a spokesperson for cannabis tourism. When Tucker Carlson criticized California's economy, Lieu invited the Fox News host to Los Angeles to check out the thriving cannabis industry.
The tiff began with a recent tweet in which Carlson said, "California is developing the economic Structure of Latin America. How long before it's Venezuela."
The mid class is fleeing CA. Normal ppl can't live there anymore. Housing prices are too high, wages too low. CA increasingly consists of tech oligarchs & their imported, low-wage servants. CA is developing the economic structure of Latin America. How long before it's Venezuela?— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 6, 2018
Lieu replied by claiming California has one of world's largest economies and a budget surplus. "Also, our cannabis is awesome. Come visit my district & I will show you," he added.
Dear @TuckerCarlson: CA has now grown to the 6th largest economy in the world, and we have a budget surplus. The unemployment rate is at a record low. And we have Disneyland. Who doesn't like Disneyland?— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 7, 2018
Also, our cannabis is awesome. Come visit my district & I will show you. https://t.co/rIMLUXQzbi
Lieu has been know for his strong marijuana advocacy in the past. In 2015 Lieu sponsored a bill that moved money from the DEA's eradication budget to programs aiding victims of child abuse, according to Marijuana Moment. And in March he led a group looking to further cut DEA cannabis eradication spending in 2019.