420 with CNW – Key Congressional Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

420 with CNW – Key Congressional Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

On Wednesday, a key Congressional committee passed legislation that would decriminalize and tax marijuana as well as expunging federal marijuana convictions. However, to become law, it has to be approved by the full House and the Republican-controlled Senate. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill by a vote of 24 to 10. The bill is known as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 and was introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and co-sponsored by more than 50 legislators.  The legislation has the following provisions: Remove weed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act, which includes drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, and ecstasy. Allow states to create their own marijuana policies, decriminalize low-level marijuana felonies, and seal the record for past federal convictions. Create a Cannabis Justice Office that would impose a 5% tax on legal marijuana sales to fund job training, legal aid, and help people who are negatively affected by marijuana prohibition. In a statement, Nadler said that the MORE Act has been long overdue. He further said that rather than handling marijuana as an issue of personal choice and public health, the government has been taking it as a criminal justice problem. Nadler…

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