A Pro-Recreational Marijuana Democrat is Trying to Replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House

As Democrats prepare to retake control of the House of Representatives in January, many believe Nancy Pelosi will retake her position as Speaker of the House. However there is now an effort underway to remove her from that position, and it's being led by a pro-marijuana Democrat.

Representative Seth Moulton from Massachusetts is one of the leaders of a movement in the Democratic Party to prevent Pelosi from becoming Speaker of the House. Moulton and his supporters believe it's time someone else gets a chance to leader the party in the House, and they say they're prepared to deliver a letter to Pelosi indicating that she lacks the support from the party to become the Speaker.

Pelosi seems unfazed by the effort, and told the press today, "I’m just going to say that I will be Speaker."

While marijuana legalization isn't one of the reasons Moulton and his fellow anti-Pelosi Democrats want her to step aside, it would definitely be affected. Moulton supports recreational marijuana legalization, and actually just introduced a bill to Congress to allow veterans access to medical marijuana. While Pelosi has made statements indicating her support for cannabis reform, she's also said that marijuana will not be a major issue that Democrats address when they retake Congress.

While Moulton and his supporters may be asking Pelosi to step aside, it isn't clear who would take her place. Democrat Tim Ryan who unsuccessfully ran against Pelosi to become House Minority Leader in 2016 says he won't run, and no other candidates have emerged to take the position from her.

So it seems Pelosi will probably become the Speaker, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on.

(h/t CBS Boston)


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