Odd couple alert! Move over Oscar and Felix...Grover Norquist is a conservative Republican in a suit and a banker’s tie. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is a gay liberal who goes in for the collarless-shirt-under-a-blazer look.
While its a little early to call these two very different guys BFFs, they at least both appeared last week at a lobbying day on Capitol Hill for students and other activists advocating the decriminalization of marijuana.
Nothing like pot to bring folks together, right? (Hey, it helped unite the popular girl, the jock, the nerd, and the misfit in the 80’s flick The Breakfast Club, which is practically scientific evidence of its powers.)
Norquist comes at the issue from a libertarian bent. “A lot of folks... across the political spectrum recognize this as a federalism issue,” Norquist told the crowd gathered for the event, which was sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
“Marijuana legalization is something that should be a conservative issue, and Grover is helping to bolster that argument,” says Aaron Houston, executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, who helped organize the event (and snapped a photo with the pair). “The end is nigh!”
Polis says he, too, welcomes support for the issue — even if it comes from an unlikely source. “We will take all the help we can get to decriminalize marijuana,” Polis tells the Loop.