Historic Week For Cannabis Legalization In America As House Approves MORE Act

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives held a historic floor vote, which saw the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act approved in a decisive 228 to 164 vote.

The comprehensive reform bill would officially bring an end to America’s long-standing marijuana prohibition by federally decriminalizing cannabis while establishing a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses.

The MORE Act would also see cannabis removed from the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act along with the addition of a 5% tax on the sale of cannabis products. Tax revenues would be deposited into the trust fund, which could then be used to support various programs and services designed to help individuals and businesses in communities most impacted by the failed war on drugs.

As anticipated, the vote fell mostly along party lines, with the exception of 6 Democrats that voted against the bill and 5 Republicans that voted in favour of it. In total, 34 Republicans and 6 Democrats did not take part in the vote. Click here to view the full vote breakdown by party and House member.

Among the handful of GOP supporters was Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Gaetz, who was also the MORE Act’s lone Republican cosponsor, said the bill is “flawed.” However, he would still be voting for it “because the federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation.”

“We have seen a generation, particularly of black and brown youth, locked up for offenses that should not have resulted in any incarceration whatsoever,” added Gaetz. “The current policy of the federal government inhibits cannabis research that could unlock cures and help people live better lives.”

Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Judiciary Committee Chairman and the sponsor of the cannabis reform bill, posted the following statement on Twitter:

1 2
View single page >> |

I have NOT been compensated for this article and hold NO positions in any of the companies mentioned.

How did you like this article? Let us know so we can better customize your reading experience. Users' ratings are only visible to themselves.

Comments

Leave a comment to automatically be entered into our contest to win a free Echo Show.