Last week’s introduction of a new Republican-led marijuana legalization bill wasn’t merely a conservative response to existing Democratic proposals. It also acted as a coming-out party for the GOP’s new generation of legalization advocates.

The States Reform Act represents a coming-out party for a new generation of Republican legalization advocates.

Rep. Nancy Mace has garnered most of the media attention for her work last week, and rightly so. The Congress member from Charleston deserves credit for standing up for an issue that far too many of her fellow Republicans—even in her own state party—oppose or ignore.

Mace’s bill, the States Reform Act (HR 5977), removes cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances, allows states to…

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