Medical Marijuana's Arch-Foe in Trouble?

Oct 22, 2008

Congress, drug warriors, Medical Marijuana

We have special feelings for Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) here at the Marijuana Policy Project, because a few years ago he called our executive director, Rob Kampia, "an articulate advocate for an evil position." Souder is perhaps the most implacable foe of medical marijuana in the U.S. Congress. And he may be in trouble.

Last week CQ Politics, which tracks House races, changed its rating of Souder's Indiana 3rd District from "Republican Favored" to "Leans Republican," writing that "Republican strategists are concerned about Souder, even though he represents a strongly Republican-leaning district."

His latest troubles involve a report that he sought a congressional earmark for a company in which he owned stock. That would seem to be a pretty blatant ethical no-no, even though Souder's stock holdings were fairly minor.