Magazine December 31, 2020, Issue

The Marijuana Majority

(Roman Genn)
Republicans in Congress are out of step with voters of both parties

In 2020, the reliably Democratic state of New Jersey, the swing state of Arizona, and the Republican stronghold of Mississippi all voted the same way: in favor of liberalizing their marijuana laws. So did South Dakota and Montana. Oregon decriminalized personal possession of all drugs, across the board. Republicans, who advertise themselves as the party of liberty, have largely been left behind as the nation embraces policies once championed by such conservative heroes as Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley Jr.

Why? 

Republicans have long believed that they are doomed to fare poorly in elections in which there are marijuana initiatives. President

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