A major GOP House caucus has released a “Family Policy Agenda” opposing federal marijuana legalization, reports Marijuana Moment. The agenda tries to link pot use to suicide and violence. But the strident Cannabis criticism is leading to pushback even within the group. Staff for two members of the caucus said the lawmakers disagree with the prohibitionist rhetoric.
The 156-member Republican Study Committee (RSC) unveiled the agenda late last week. It details 10 ideological principles and more than 80 legislative recommendations as its agenda. The stated goal is “to guide conservatives’ work to restore the American family.”
The committee includes nearly three-quarters of House GOP members.
“Protecting Children,” Supposedly…
Authors of the agenda entitled one section “Protecting Children from Dangers of Drugs.” In it, the committee complains prohibition ”has not stopped more and more states and localities from legalizing it.”
“This has led to an explosion of marijuana use among children, which is having a hugely negative impact on their health,” the report lies. The policy paper misrepresents data that actually show underage marijuana use declining or remaining stable following the implementation of legalization.
“At the very least, Congress should direct the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to gather data and conduct studies on the health impacts of THC use during childhood and early adolescence with a special focus on deaths by suicide and those involved in violent crime to provide Congress and the public with further information about these dangers,” the agenda continues.
GOP Agenda Calls For Increased Marijuana Edible Penalties
The agenda calls for increasing criminal penalties for Schedule I drugs including marijuana in the form of candy or beverages. That’s if there is supposedly “reasonable cause to believe” they will be sold to minors.
More than one-quarter of the Senate is cosponsoring broader legislation filed in August. The bill contains punitive language on cannabis edibles. Meanwhile, RSC Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced a companion bill with 30 GOP consponsors. Banks’ bill is called the “Protecting Kids from Candy-Flavored Drugs Act.”
“The Biden presidency has failed America’s families,” Banks dramatized in a press release about the overall agenda. “Over the past two years, families have lost savings, flexibility, and control over childrearing to increasingly hostile and far left ideologues. Republicans need to position themselves as the party of families.”
“Next Congress we need to focus on reforming the tax code to create more families, passing pro-life legislation, protecting parents’ pocketbooks, and giving them back control over their kids’ education,” Banks said.
The GOP agenda could include anti-cannabis legislation should Republicans take back control of Congress in next month’s midterm elections.