Marijuana Moment: Biden’s Nominee For Key Federal Court Worked To Legalize Marijuana In Arizona, Prompting Ted Cruz Criticism

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Kyle Jaeger

This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on July 18, 2022.

Roopali Desai, who was nominated by the president to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, worked on behalf of the Arizona Dispensary Association (ADA) in 2019, meeting with the state Democratic Caucus and Republican leadership “concerning a proposed ballot measure regarding adult-use cannabis in Arizona,” according to disclosure documents filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a letter supporting the nominee’s confirmation, the president of the Alliance for Justice wrote that Desai was “instrumental in crafting and defending Proposition 207, a voter initiative which led to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona.”

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