Lawmakers And Advocates React To Historic Passage Of Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Lawmakers And Advocates React To Historic Passage Of Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Drug policy reform advocates and lawmakers celebrated on Wednesday after a key congressional committee approved a bill to end federal marijuana prohibition for the first time in history. The House Judiciary Committee voted 24-10, including two “aye” votes from Republican lawmakers, to advance the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is the bill’s sponsor. The legislation would federally deschedule cannabis, provide expungement and resentencing relief and impose a five percent federal tax on marijuana sales to support investments in communities most harmed by the drug war. It would also protect immigrants from being denied citizenship over cannabis and prevent federal agencies from denying public benefits or security clearance due to its use. Here’s how people are reacting to the bill’s historic passage.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY): Proud to announce that @HouseJudiciary just passed my MORE Act, which ends the federal prohibition of marijuana and enacts restorative justice for communities of color that continue to be devastated by our nation's failed War on Drugs. #WeWantMORE pic.twitter.com/9FEn9DF9pq — (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) November 20, 2019 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): “After years of work in the Senate, our efforts to pair marijuana legalization with expungement and…

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