| MAY 14, 2018

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions’ 32nd Congressional District seat is one the Democratic Party hopes to flip in November, and it’s not alone. A pro-marijuana political action committee also wants Sessions out of his seat.

Sessions possesses a considerable amount of power in the House as an 11-term representative and the chairman of the House Committee on Rules, which sets the rules and original jurisdiction on legislative measures and can “do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a measure,” according to the committee’s website.

Sessions has used his position to take a hard stance against marijuana reform legislation. Sessions’ most recent move as committee chairman blocked reform amendments that would allow cannabis businesses operating in legal states to access banks and file business expense tax deductions. He’s also sponsored and co-sponsored several bills expressing his hard line on the subject, including the self-explanatory No Welfare for Weed Act of 2015. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws gives Sessions an “F” rating.

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