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“Real Time” host Bill Maher made a bold prediction Friday about Republicans “stealing” one of Democrats’ most popular positions: legalizing marijuana.
During Friday night’s “Overtime” segment on YouTube, Maher read a question from the audience submitted to his guest, former Attorney General Eric Holder, about why President Biden did not push for the federal legalization of pot.
Holder responded by saying “it’s something we should be doing” for political benefit but also “dealing with reality”.
But Maher, an outspoken pot enthusiast, pivoted on the idea that the issue will swing sharply in favor of Republicans.
“Republicans are going to steal the issue. I think eventually,” Maher told Holder. “I mean, someone like John Boehner now works for a marijuana company. I mean, it could be one of those freedom issues. And, of course, Republicans also smoke a lot of pot.”
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“Not enough,” Holder joked, prompting laughter from the audience.
Holder added, “They need to soften up a bit more.”
The HBO star pointed to the legislation passing the House and noted how Republicans opposed it because it contains “too much about fairness.”
“Now I understand the urge to want, like, for example, if you’re going to have new legal marijuana businesses, yes, they should probably go to the people who suffered the most in the war on marijuana. drugs,” says Maher. “Republicans, of course, say it’s a deal breaker.”
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“What do you want, half a loaf? If they said okay, no fairness, is it better for the law to be passed or changed or is it better to wait for fairness ?” Maher asked.
“It’s better for the law to change,” Holder replied. “And like I said, deal with the societal reality that we have and, you know, and try to make it as fair as possible, but I wouldn’t want to stop the movement that I think makes sense for the good of fairness.”
Former GOP House Chairman John Boehner made waves in 2018 when he announced he was joining the board of cannabis company Acreage Holdings and later became the chairman of pro-cannabis lobby group National Cannabis. Round table.
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In April, only three GOP lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would have legalized marijuana nationwide, Florida Reps. Brian Mast and Matt Gaetz, the bill’s co-sponsor, and Rep. of California Tom McClintock.
Only two Democrats, Representatives Henry Cuellar, Texas, and Chris Pappas, NH, joined the other Republicans in opposition.