Legalization remains out of reach as long as Republicans control a chamber of the Legislature. Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.
These days, Oliver Steinberg, chair and co-founder of the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party, is feeling besieged on multiple fronts.
Since the party became one of two marijuana legalization parties to achieve major party status in 2018, interlopers have sought to use the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party to influence the outcome of competitive races.
Two years ago, some marijuana party candidates admitted they had been recruited by Republican operatives to run for races under the banner of the state’s two pro-legalization major parties, with the aim of siphoning Democratic votes and tipping races in favor of GOP candidates.
In some races, it may have made a difference.
Now, some frustrated Democrats and legal marijuana advocates appear to be fighting back.