Watch Live: Cory Booker And Other Lawmakers Discuss Marijuana Legalization Bill Ahead Of House Vote

Watch Live: Cory Booker And Other Lawmakers Discuss Marijuana Legalization Bill Ahead Of House Vote

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and several other leading advocates for marijuana reform are taking part in a virtual meeting on Tuesday to discuss cannabis policy ahead of a House of Representatives vote on a comprehensive legalization bill. The senator is being joined by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Kassandra Frederique for the conversation, which was organized by The Appeal and NowThis. The main topic at hand is the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, a bill that would federally deschedule cannabis and promote restorative justice. House leadership recently announced that the legislation would be getting a floor vote next week. Watch the lawmakers and advocates discuss marijuana reform and the MORE Act below: Booker is an original cosponsor of the Senate version of the legislation, which was introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), now Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate. Blumenauer, meanwhile, is the architect of a step-by-step blueprint to federal legalization and a leading champion of marijuana reform in Congress. There have been some reports that Democratic support for holding a vote on the MORE Act at this time has waned somewhat, with certain members reportedly voicing concern that passing the bill amid the coronavirus pandemic could be bad optics. But so far there’s been no indication from leadership that the legislation is being pulled. Democrats won’t be the only ones voting in favor of the reform, as three GOP members so far…

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