Congressional Democrats Tout Marijuana Legalization Vote As Key Civil Rights Win In 2020

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With the year wrapping up, House Democratic leadership is reflecting on legislative accomplishments in the 116th Congress—and they’re counting a vote to legalize marijuana among their main civil rights victories. Earlier this month, the House approved the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would federally deschedule cannabis and promote restorative justice for communities most impacted by the war on drugs. It has been widely heralded by advocates as a historic reform move. “This year our country faced a summer of racial reckoning sparked by injustice and Americans called overwhelmingly for systemic change,” the office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said in the new year-end roundup published on Wednesday. “House Democrats will continue to take a stand and fight to uphold the civil rights of every American.” Throughout the 116th Congress, House Democrats have delivered on our promises #ForThePeople, and we took action to ensure that the House could continue to get our work done even during a pandemic. Take a look at our accomplishments #ForThePeople: https://t.co/18g44UxrRi — Steny (Wear a Mask) Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) December 31, 2020 The document lists the MORE Act alongside legislation such as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Voting Rights Advancement Act, Emmett Till Antilynching Act, a resolution to remove the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and a bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia. When the George Floyd-inspired policing reform bill came up for a House vote, several lawmakers argued that ending cannabis prohibition should have been a part of that legislation, though it was not ultimately incorporated. But months later, the body approved legalization in its own standalone bill. “Throughout the 116th Congress, House Democrats have delivered on our promises and passed legislation For The People,” Hoyer’s office said in the new overview. “From a comprehensive…

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