U.S. House Passes MORE Act

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<![CDATA[The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the MORE Act, H.R. 3884, to remove cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate, where Congress members expect it will be voted down.Cannabis’ removal from the U.S.’ list of controlled substances, said U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) in a Dec. 2 Rules Committee hearing, "means that going forward, individuals could no longer be prosecuted federally for marijuana offenses. This does not mean that marijuana would now be legal in the entire United States—a very important point. It will simply remove the federal government from the business of prosecuting marijuana cases and will leave the question of legality to the individual states."RELATED: UPDATE: UN Votes to Remove Cannabis From List of Most Dangerous Drugs In addition to descheduling and decriminalizing cannabis, the MORE Act creates a "Criminal Justice Office," which will, among other things, create a grant program to provide job training and reentry services; and provide legal aid, including for the "expungement of cannabis convictions."The act places a 5% federal tax on the sale of cannabis products; that tax will then increase by 1% each year and cap at 8%, according to Congress members who spoke during the Dec. 4 full-floor U.S. House debate.It also directs the Small Business Administration to create a “Cannabis Opportunity Program” that would "assist small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals."Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris originally introduced the MORE Act in the Senate, and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill in the House.In the Dec. 4 House debate on the MORE Act, original cosponsor Barbara Lee (D-CA) expressed her support for it.“I tell you—we have got to, colleagues—we have got to give our young people a second chance, so please vote yes on this bill to help us…

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