An upcoming bill that would decriminalize cannabis on a national level is gaining bipartisan support. The vote on the measure is scheduled in the House of Representatives next week. The MORE Act bill, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act, states that marijuana would be removed from the federal Controlled Substances Act, permitting the states to set their own marijuana policy.” This is a recent MORE Act vote update on House support.
The bill (H.R. 3884) has been introduced at the House in July 2019 by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate’s version is sponsored by Kamala Harris, the Democratic Party vice president nominee.
“The American public will look favorably upon the bipartisan majority that would vote to pass the MORE Act,” said Justin Strekal, the political director of NORML,the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “Momentum continues to build towards a successful vote in the House.”
The MORE Act would also make other modifications to federal law, such as a provision that would allow legal cannabis companies to qualify for assistance from the Small Business Administration. The MORE Act would also allow doctors for the Veterans Administration to write recommendations for patients in states that have legalized medical cannabis. The bill also has provisions which incentivize states to expunge cannabis convictions.
MORE Act Vote Update
The MORE Act now has over a hundred co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, such as Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan, the Democratic chairs of key legislative committees, and one Republican, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Two additional Republicans also have indicated that they will support the measure in the vote.
California Rep. Tom McClintock and Gaetz were the only House Judiciary Committee Republicans that voted in favor of The MORE Act in November. It was the first time in history marijuana decriminalization legislation was advanced by federal lawmakers. When they announced next weeks vote, McClintock told Politico that he would continue to support the bill. Also, Rep. Don Young, a Republican from Alaska, told public radio that he also would encourage The More Act.
Co-Chairman of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, said in a press release that the time is suitable for a change in national cannabis policy. Polling in the Pew Research Center in November 2019 discovered that 76 percent of American adults, including the vast majority of respondents from both major political parties, believe that “the use of cannabis should be made legal.”
Blumenauer said, “Less than two decades back, we set out our routine outlining a path to cannabis legalization from the 116th Congress, now, after several weeks of hard work and cooperation, we finally have an opportunity to end the failed policy of prohibition which has caused a long and shameful period of law against people of color, particularly Black men. As people throughout the country protest racial injustices, there is even greater urgency for Congress to seize this historic opportunity and eventually align our cannabis laws with what the vast majority of Americans support, while ensuring restorative justice”
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