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Republican Sen. Thom Tillis suggests Congress will discuss marijuana legalization this year in a letter obtained by Business Insider.
Tillis' office said the wording referred to more general "debate" over the issue between members of Congress, rather than a specific floor action.
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Tillis isn't a proponent of marijuana legalization, though he did co-sponsor a bill to facilitate research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana in 2017.
Sen. Thom Tillis, a powerful Republican from North Carolina, suggested in a letter shared with Business Insider that the Senate Judiciary Committee is "likely" to discuss marijuana legalization this year.
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The letter was addressed to Rod Kight, a North Carolina lawyer who works with companies in the cannabis industry.
Kight first wrote a letter to Tillis in support of two bills — Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 and The Marijuana Justice Act — that both seek to de-schedule marijuana and effectively legalize the drug at the federal level. Kight was advocating on behalf of the bills for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who sponsored the Marijuana Justice Act, sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee with Sen. Tillis.
"Proposals to legalize marijuana should not be taken lightly," Sen. Tillis wrote in the letter. "As you may know, I am a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and this issue will likely be discussed this Congress."
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"If this issue comes before the Judiciary Committee or the full Senate, I will carefully consider everything you have said in making a decision on what is best for North Carolina and the country," he added.
Daniel Keylin, Sen. Tillis' communications director, told Business Insider in an email that Tillis is referring to a more general "discussion" between members of Congress on the issue of marijuana legalization, rather than a "specific floor...
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