Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finds a Republican ally for legal pot
Two House millennials on opposite sides of the political spectrum have proved it’s possible to find common ground, at least when it comes to cannabis policy.
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York recently tapped Dan Riffle, a former federal policy director at the Marijuana Policy Project, as a senior counsel and policy adviser. When she tweeted out a story about the hire from High Times, she added, “#LegalizeIt, and demand justice for communities ravaged by the War on Drugs.”
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida retweeted her and added, “You had me at hello.”
That a self-described democratic socialist can share a drug policy stance with a man once called the “Trumpiest congressman in Trump’s Washington” by GQ might have something to do with their ages. Millennials are more supportive of legalizing marijuana than older generations, with 74% backing it in a 2018 Pew poll. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, and Gaetz, 36, are in line with their peers.