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Democrats still haven't figured out that legal weed is a winning issue

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Every Democratic U.S. senator rumored to be considering a 2020 presidential run supports marijuana legalization. So do 77% of Democratic voters. The party's 2016 national platform backs states’ rights on cannabis and calls for a "reasoned pathway for future legalization."

So why is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the entity charged with winning back control of the U.S. House — attacking a Republican congressman over his support for marijuana reform? And why is it citing a right-wing magazine to make the case?

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has a "cult-like fixation on marijuana," said a National Review article excerpt the Democratic committee highlighted in a tweet posted Monday. The party organ said the GOP congressman's cannabis advocacy is one reason "why [Democratic nominee] @HarleyRouda needs your help flipping this seat...from #RedToBlue."

Rohrabacher has played a leadership role in beating back the federal government's outdated and harmful marijuana prohibition policies, serving as the chief sponsor of a successful amendment that since 2014 has prevented the Department of Justice from arresting cancer patients who use medical cannabis under state laws.

Democratic leaders need to take a look in the mirror and recognize that their own members broadly support marijuana legalization.

There are a lot of reasons why Democrats and progressives would wish for Rohrabacher to lose his reelection........

© Los Angeles Times