MORE Act Vote Date in December
The MORE Act vote date was originally proposed for a vote in September before it was postponed. Now the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this December on the MORE (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement) Act which would effectively legalize marijuana on a federal level by eliminating it from the Controlled Substances Act. The House Democratic leadership is preparing for a vote on the bill next month.
As well as legalizing marijuana on a federal level, the legislation will allow states to continue to choose how to regulate a commercial marijuana industry industry.
Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, delivered a letter to colleagues outlining the legislative schedule for this upcoming November and December sessions. The letter stated that the House would vote on the bill but did not specify precisely which day in December. In December, the House is in session from the 1st to the 4th and the 7th to the 10th.
Hoyer stated, “The House will vote on the MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis and expunge convictions for non-violent marijuana offenses which have prevented many Americans from getting jobs, applying for loans and credit, and accessing opportunities which make it feasible to get ahead in our economy.”
There are still challenges to overcome if the MORE Act is approved. The Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to take the bill up and a new Congress is set to convene in 2021. However with the new president elect, Joe Biden and vice president, Kamala Harris taking office, there has been strong recent evidence that democrats support marijuana decriminalization.
Initially scheduled for a September vote, some Democrats in close elections were concerned about voting on the MORE Act having concerns that voters might question the value of legalizing cannabis when Congress has yet to agree on a coronavirus aid package. However, in the November election, five additional states legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana. The initiative is continuing to gain steam and should continue to be a hot topic in 2021, especially as the U.S. economy looks for ways to rebound from the COVID pandemic.