US House Of Representatives Votes To Decriminalise Cannabis

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A vote to decriminalise cannabis at the federal level swept through the lower chamber of the United States Congress on Friday, December 4th, passing with a majority of 228 to 164. For now, though, it’s unlikely that the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (More) Act will become law, as the Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to pass the bill. In spite of this, however, the victory in the House of Representatives is seen by many as a massive statement of political intent, and reinforces the notion that cannabis reform is now a closer than ever. Related Post Five More States Voted For Cannabis On US Election Night Cannabis Decriminalisation Finally Reaches CongressThe MORE Act ballot in the House of Representatives was a historic moment in the campaign to decriminalise cannabis, with Congress having never previously voted on a standalone marijuana bill. According to the official wording of the act, this long-overdue piece of legislation seeks to “remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminate criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana.” Yet the bill goes much further than this, and aims to start righting the wrongs caused by the decades-long War on Drugs. For instance, it would tax cannabis sales and use the money to fund training programmes and other investments in order to create more opportunities for communities of colour, which have historically been the most severely affected by discriminatory cannabis policies.The act would also ensure that immigrants can no longer be deported or denied citizenship because of cannabis possession, and prevent government agencies from withholding benefits to people with prior cannabis convictions. Importantly, it would also seek to expunge these previous charges and convictions, allowing for anyone currently serving time for cannabis offenses to be resentenced.Of the…

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