Meet The Republican Congresswoman Who Believes Cannabis Legalization Is Good for America | Forbes

Meet The Republican Congresswoman Who Believes Cannabis Legalization Is Good for America | Forbes

“There’s a million reasons to end federal prohibition and the only place where this is controversial is up here,” says Mace. “It’s an enormously popular idea. America is like: ‘WTF, D.C., why have you not done this yet?’”

In November, the 44-year-old freshman Congresswoman, who represents South Carolina’s coastal swing district spanning Charleston to Hilton Head, introduced the States Reform Act, a bill that would end the federal government’s 85-year prohibition on marijuana. Mace is certainly not the first politician to introduce a cannabis legalization bill, although it’s been impossible to get one passed by both chambers of Congress.

But Mace already has one of the most powerful conservative groups in the world in her corner: Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity. And now she has one of the world’s largest companies supporting her bill: Amazon.

In June, the retail giant announced that it would exclude marijuana from most of its employee drug testing and started lobbying to legalize cannabis. Six months later, the company met with Mace and now says it will support her States Reform Act. “They don’t want to sell it,” Mace says, noting that employment is the driving force behind the support. “It opens up the hiring pool by about 10%.” Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president of public policy, adds: “This bill offers comprehensive reform that speaks to the emergence of a bipartisan consensus to end the federal prohibition of cannabis.”

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  1. J McCarthy on May 15, 2022 at 5:50 pm


  2. Amy Jo on May 15, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not a republican and I back her completely

  3. Richard Theisen on May 15, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    I get why people are pulling the race card on this issue.
    But that aside, prohibition on weed is just plain archaic and useless, if not damaging.
    How has prohibition ever stopped anyone from getting weed?
    Meanwhile, prohibition creates criminals, or at least a forum for criminals to act within.
    I don’t even smoke weed, or haven’t in 32 years, and I’m a strong supporter in legalization.

  4. Growing my Meds on May 15, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    All my republican friends smoke weed

  5. OGDAVE on May 15, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Please! Just let us smoke freely! "USA LAND OF THE FREE" 🇺🇸

  6. jensonee on May 15, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    schumer, booker are jokes. they’re not going to come close to passing the MORE ACT. so why are they doing this? just BS politics trying to convince the base they care.

  7. Jeff Harris on May 15, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Racial??? Marijuana has NOTHING to do with race. What the…..

  8. c v on May 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Even this ( non biased report ) uses the trigger word gateway drug more than once in its opening. This is whistle blowing.

  9. Blitz on May 15, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Legalize it

  10. James Johnson on May 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Cannabis won’t be legal for another 20 years

  11. TwitchStormTv on May 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve had 15 kidney surgeries and medical marijuana has helped me with my ptsd. I’ve had ptsd for over 16 years now and my old doctor I would see would give me Xanax for 11 years. When it wasn’t working anymore I decided not to take Xanax and the detox from Xanax was horrible. I thought I was going to die. Since April 2021 I have been prescribed medical marijuana and now I’m able to sleep at night and function like a normal person.

  12. Lost71 on May 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    And yet she just voted Nay on the MORE Act.

  13. T Shawn on May 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I’m a Republican, have been since I turned 18 in 1976. I have always supported legalized cannabis. It is an absolute travesty to incarcerate a person for smoking pot while liquor is legal and actually does kill by dui or liver intoxication. I have buried friends due to liquor none from pot.

  14. Mike Watts on May 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I hope it passes and not all pot is smoked , gummies or cbc for people who suffer with pain everyday and not be able to sleep really affects quality of life!

  15. Diego on May 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    I’m conservative and I live in Florida a very Republican state and I have lots of Republican friends and almost all of them smoke weed and want it legal

  16. JD Batson (Marvel) on May 15, 2022 at 6:02 pm


  17. Jack Myers on May 15, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    70% of the nation wants it legal. The only blocks it faces are Republicans in the Senate. The two parties are not the same. Follow the money, because these attempts at federally legalizing pot are being blocked by the Right only. And who is paying them to stop it?

    Vote them out and elect representatives for the people, not Corp USA.

  18. Frank Go Tee on May 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    How can we leave fossil fuels for the next generation?

  19. kristian Wills on May 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    I’m Canadian and I’m appalled as to how this is still even a debate in America. In the past 3.5 years it’s we haven’t turned into the stereotypical useless stoners from the old PSA ads. It never should’ve been made illegal in the first place, the whole story as to how it was is batshit crazy anyways.

  20. 123Homefree on May 15, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Federal marijuana laws prohibit marijuana “users” from owning their own basic firearm for protection. People help spread this central most important aspect of how this is affecting our right to bear arms especially for vets with ptsd who use medical marijuana!

  21. David Zamorski on May 15, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Republicans can vote NO. walk out of capital and buy pot legally

  22. JD Batson (Marvel) on May 15, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    📝 ring jewelry

  23. duckiedx on May 15, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    She speaks the truth – cannabis has helped me on a physical and mental level during my tough times.

  24. Tom Zart on May 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    POT FARMER SONG 2022 $$
    I got out my pipe stuffed it with pot
    You better believe it held a whole lot.
    I whipped out a lighter thumbed up a flame
    Sucked down that smoke which comforts my brain.

    I tried alcohol smoked cigarettes
    They did nothing but give me regrets.
    My mom had arthritis could not walk around
    I rolled her a joint she danced on the ground.

    I thought I was losing my lovemaking knack
    After I smoked some to me it came back.
    Soon I decided prices were high
    I searched for some ground I wouldn’t have to buy.

    I bargained for seeds from smokers all around
    Got in my truck and drove out of town.
    I walked through the woods where wild birds nest
    Found me the meadow I thought was the best.

    I dug up the ground sowed all my seeds
    Said a small prayer for strong, healthy weeds.
    I watered at night with a five-gallon pail
    Mosquitoes went hungry for I wore a veil.

    Seven months went by; I thought I would die
    Till the Halloween moon was high in the sky.
    At night I went out, in a camouflage suit
    Used my corn knife to chop down the loot.

    I hung it up to dry where it couldn’t be found.
    Came back and got it, when it had turned brown.
    I trimmed off the buds, stuffed them in bags
    Called all my friends and passed out free drags.

    In less than a week my crop was gone
    I flew to St. Thomas with a love hungry blonde!!

    By Kansas City Poet Tom Zart
    Google = Most Published Poet On The Web
    Tom’s 1,650 Poems Are Free To Share!
    Google = George Bush Tom Zart

  25. Andrew Rego on May 15, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Omg a intelligent politician!!!

  26. JD Batson (Marvel) on May 15, 2022 at 6:19 pm


  27. JD Batson (Marvel) on May 15, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I’m sending her in

  28. Donna Little on May 15, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Sure it is keeping you high until you DIE!

  29. KING FISH / PHILL on May 15, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    We need her in Texas , a republican that’s for legalization 👍
    Our governor Greg Abbott doesn’t believe in legalization he’s a prohibitionest , me my family and friends are not voting for Greg Abbott this November , we are voting for a O’Rourke he’s for full legalization 👍

  30. Alan Deli on May 15, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5)

  31. Steve on May 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    She is not the only Republican! Mike Minardi HD59 Florida is running for election and is ahead in the polls. He will win!…Mike is a Cannabis Attorney who has the legal mind to get Cannabis Reform thru …Mike Minardi HD59! Mike will be President one day! He is the only one I trust not to mess it up.

  32. Anthony Hairston on May 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    The Scientist (2015) Medical Marijuana: Studying For a Higher Purpose – Prof. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

  33. Blake Stanley on May 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    I will be growing my own cannabis until I can’t no more. I love Cannabis. I love smoking, growing, and learning about the plant. I also love the fact that it aids in retaining memories and knowledge from an event of recent. It brought back the memory and helped me unplug from the simulated reality we live in. It uses AI to control humans, however, "it" also re wires our brains while sleeping, hence "REM". We are biologically enhanced by a civilization on a sun orbiting planet, unknown to most humans. However, we are being simulated or controlled by another civilization that was already here. When they arrived over 2000 years ago from this planet, there was a clash due to the planets gravitational pull and impact on the Earth and Moon-(AI satellite to monitor, control the effects of the planet).

    Then, the flood occurred wiping out many of the humans who were here. The Sun orbiting planet left the vicinity of Earth and headed back towards its farther than usual orbit, most likely outside of our galaxy and/or solar system.

    The intelligence the visitors gifted humans with minimally remained. However, enough remained to begin again. This time, with us being observed for our intelligence and/or controlled for some unknown reason.

    This prior entity/species either knew or learned that electronics, phones and anything AI allows for easier control over the human race.

    Then come search databases, ride share platforms, cell phones, AI algorithms, robots, Alexa, etc.

    There is a reason everything is done through a phone or online.

    There is a reason you have "glitches in the matrix", see things, dream, see UFOs, feel things, hear things, see things, shadow people(which most people have seen)*primarily at night
    If you dig deep enough, ask enough questions, ask the scam callers or "telemarketers" that you know what they are or ask them about a simulation. I’m serious. See what they say and how they react. You ever see something dissappear? Have missing time? Sleep really late for no reason. All these things are hints. Not proof for your brain.

    You can find it if you look.

    Problem is, most people that read this or hear this from me will be pre-programmed to not take action or seek answers. If you do, you’ll get distracted or give up and not pursue anything.

  34. vicaras1 on May 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    So sick of it being illegal and I’m Republican.

  35. Ted Oakley on May 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    treat it just like alcohol and tobbacco. It’s a joke that it’s still on the same level as heroin.

  36. Donna Little on May 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Their doing this for them your making them rich! IF YOU CAN’T THINK THEY CONTROL YOU FLYING HIGH AGAIN!

  37. JADiaz10 on May 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Republican Senators and Representatives are the problem.

  38. JD Batson (Marvel) on May 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Nixon knew

  39. JD Batson on May 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Pepsi …. Bruh! Root Beer and a Whopper Mack …… Bubba say’s

  40. Donna Little on May 15, 2022 at 6:37 pm


  41. SeggsyPanda on May 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    do i see a future presidential candidate???? i think i do

  42. c v on May 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    There are hundreds of products that can make someone who doesn’t smoke test positive for marihuana. This prohibition doesn’t just affect people who use cannabis . I tested positive because of B 12 supplements. There are people loosing their means to gainful employment because of energy drinks and cbd gummy bears. The fact that we know the foundation of prohibition is a white supremacist ideology and congress refuses to act while claiming systemic racism is a myth is a dissonance.

  43. Jake Eimer on May 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Should of been legalized years ago look at how much new mexico has already made from it legalize now long overdue

  44. RozRommel Official on May 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    After smoking weed for two years I’m currently “detoxing” for a mandatory drug test at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing) as part of my enlistment into the United States Air Force. I’m permitted to fight and die for my country but in my FREE time if I smoke a plant that brings about positive psychological and physical effects I might as well be a Russian agent in the eyes of the federal government, the same squares I’ll be taking an oath to defend. Absolutely ridiculous. It’s permissible to smoke cigarettes that upon the advertised packaging explicitly state that “cigarettes contain carbon monoxide”, the same chemicals found in that of a car engine or drink alcohol until my livers falls out, but again, if I smoke weed I must be a dangerous criminal who has nothing but ill intentions. While smoking pot I’ve never gotten into an altercation, I’ve actually been significantly more positive in my outward appearance and actions to others. However, when I’m drunk or what have you it’s the complete opposite. People in support of prohibition are a walking double standard with limited to no information regarding the functionalities of marijuana and inherently impede upon the civil liberties of others to make INDIVIDUAL decisions. Legalize marijuana. If you don’t like it, don’t smoke it. Stop forcing people to comply with your junk science in favor of substances that will quite literally kill them.

  45. Cory Ricci on May 15, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    75% of Americans want it, what’s the hold up? Did these politicians forget who they’re supposed to be working for?

  46. LClay Reed on May 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Load up on cannabis stocks! Specifically Canadian companies until America decides to do the right thing. CGC, TLRY, CRON… 💸 💰 🤑

  47. Ina 00 on May 15, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    brilliant <3

  48. Kevin Morden on May 15, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    cannabis is a medicine , it helps people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Saber SMAW on May 15, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    The banned the wrong plant! Tobacco has killed and Marijuana has killed no one! Tobacco causes cancer, Marijuana retards cancer, so who should be illegal here?

  50. Rick Foster on May 15, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Anyone who states THIER Color first is not Smart enough, to give anyone advice,
    They are slave’s to Color THIER own color