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Rep. Jim McDermott Wants to Legalize Marijuana

By Chris Kissel April 22, 2009

The Hill reports this week that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA,7) is among a small and idiosyncratic group of Congressmembers, including Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX, 14) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA,46), openly advocating the legalization of marijuana.

“Clearly, people all over the country are using marijuana. We have filled our prisons at enormous costs...and we have no money for education,” McDermott said in the article.

McDermott's office hasn't gotten back to me yet on whether McDermott is planning on introducing or co-sponsoring legislation in the near future, but the safe bet is the answer's no. Not only would Rep. McDermott have to convince President Obama, but he's also have to convince most of Congress, including the Washington State delegation.

Project Vote Smart ranks legislators' stances on marijuana according to their voting records. Rep. McDermott scored a 30, the highest score a legislator could earn, beating the rest of the Washington delegation that was in office for all the tallied votes--Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA,4) scored a -30, the lowest score, Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA,6) scored a 0, and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA,9) scored 10. The rest of the delegation's votes on select legislation are examined here.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has said in the past that she does not support marijuana legalization.
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