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Former GOP Rep. Rohrabacher joins board of cannabis company

Former GOP Rep. Rohrabacher joins board of cannabis company
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Former Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDemocrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report Rohrabacher tells Yahoo he discussed pardon with Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email MORE (R-Calif.) joined cannabis company BudTrader as a shareholder and advisory board member, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday. 

Rohrabacher said the move is so he can “continue the fight for cannabis legalization on a national level.”

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BudTrader, based in California, is a cannabis platform considered the “Craigslist of weed.” Its CEO, Brad McLaughlin, announced plans to go public on Friday.

Rohrabacher was a champion of marijuana while in Congress. He worked to protect medical cannabis companies from prosecution by the Justice Department, efforts which first passed as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment in 2014. He also co-founded the Cannabis Caucus in the House in 2017. 

The California Republican was first elected in 1988 and lost his reelection bid in 2018 to Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaUS Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump advancements on Pebble Mine | Interior finalizes public lands HQ move out West over congressional objections | EPA to issue methane rollback: report Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump administration advancements of Pebble Mine MORE (D-Calif.). Rohrabacher also had close Russia ties while in Congress and said that he was considered for secretary of State after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE's election. 

Rohrabacher joins the ranks of former Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), in lending their help to the marijuana industry. Crowley and Daschle were named to an international cannabis board in May. 

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats On The Trail: How Trump lost the law and order debate MORE (R-Ohio) also sits on the board of the cannabis corporation Acreage Holdings.

The marijuana industry has seen some legislative action this Congress. 

The SAFE Banking Act, which would allow banks to work with marijuana businesses that are legal under state law, passed out of the House Financial Services Committee in March and awaits a vote on the House floor.