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Congressman Wants To Show Fox News Host ‘Awesome’ California Marijuana

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A Democratic congressman from California is offering to personally introduce a conservative Fox News host to just how “awesome” his state’s legal marijuana is.

“Our cannabis is awesome. Come visit my district & I will show you,” Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted to Fox’s Tucker Carlson on Friday.

Lieu was responding to a tweet in which Carlson criticized California.

“Normal ppl can’t live there anymore,” the Fox host wrote. “Housing prices are too high, wages too low. CA increasingly consists of tech oligarchs & their imported, low-wage servants. CA is developing the economic structure of Latin America. How long before it’s Venezuela?”

In his response tweet, the congressman also touted his state’s economic growth, budget surplus and low unemployment rate.

“And we have Disneyland,” he added. “Who doesn’t like Disneyland?”

Lieu has been a leading voice for federal marijuana law reform in Congress.

When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo protecting state marijuana laws earlier this year, Lieu was ready with a characteristically stinging response:

In 2015, he sponsored a successful House floor amendment to slash DEA’s eradication budget and shift the money toward helping victims of child abuse.

Last month, Lieu led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in a letter pushing to cut funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s marijuana eradication program in the 2019 budget.

Photo courtesy of New America.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 20-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he founded the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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