Congressional Cannabis Leaders Urge Colleagues To Support House Legalization Vote Next Month

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Two top marijuana reform advocates in Congress are renewing their call to pass a federal legalization bill in light of the numerous state-level reform victories on Election Day. In a Dear Colleague letter on Tuesday, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) wrote that “Americans in five very different states voted overwhelmingly to liberalize their cannabis policies and it is clearer than ever that the American people are demanding a change to outdated cannabis laws.” The letter comes one day after House leadership announced that the chamber will be holding a floor vote on a federal descheduling bill—the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act—next month. A vote on the legislation was initially expected in September, but leadership agreed to postpone it following pushback from a number of centrist Democrats who worried about the optics of advancing marijuana reform before passing another coronavirus relief bill. Several of those members were voted out last week, however, calling into question their strategic judgement about the issue. “This past election further demonstrated that cannabis reform is popular, non-partisan, and the just thing to do as states have also made clear their commitment to restorative justice,” Blumenauer and Lee, who co-chair the Congressional…

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