Despite Some GOP Support, Pot Legalization in Virginia Faces Challenges (WVTF public radio)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington points out that the Grand Old Party has long seen itself as a champion of state power over centralized power.

“One of the things the Republicans can find really appealing about an idea of giving the states this authority goes back to the basic Republican idea of federalism,” Farnsworth said.

And so even the appeal of cracking down on criminals may be losing some of its grip. “Being tough on crime makes a lot of sense in those areas where the public wants you to be tough on crime,” Farnsworth said.

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