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.
Dear @TuckerCarlson: CA has now grown to the 6th largest economy in the world, and we have a budget surplus. The unemployment rate is at a record low. And we have Disneyland. Who doesn't like Disneyland?
Also, our cannabis is awesome. Come visit my district & I will show you. https://t.co/rIMLUXQzbi
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 7, 2018
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.
Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions and @TheJusticeDept: Let me give you a list of things more important for federal prosecutors and federal law enforcement to pursue other than marijuana:
1. Basically anything. https://t.co/ctyJui7g4c
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 4, 2018
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.
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