Huffman has unlikely allies on pot issue

Marijuana may afford Rep. Jared Huffman common ground with conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Huffman, the liberal Democrat representing Northern California's pot-rich Emerald Triangle, said he has engaged two other freshmen lawmakers on the idea of letting states, not the federal government, set rules for the intoxicating plant.

"These are people that I'll disagree with most of the time," Huffman said, observing that pot is an issue ripe for bipartisan harvest.

Huffman declined to identify the two Republicans, but he said one is a tea party member from Florida, the other an ultra-conservative from Houston.

Colorado and Washington legalized recreational pot in November, and California is among the 18 states that allow medical marijuana (not including Texas or Florida).

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