MORE Act Vote on Deck in U.S. House, Again

MORE Act Vote on Deck in U.S. House, Again

<![CDATA[Among three high-profile bills aimed at broad federal cannabis reform introduced this Congress, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act is on course to be the first to receive a floor vote. Sponsored by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the bill, which aims to remove cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substance Act, was first introduced in July 2019 and was passed by the full lower chamber via a 228-164 vote in December 2020. That marked the first time a full body of Congress voted on a broad cannabis decriminalization measure. RELATED: U.S. House Passes MORE Act But the previous version of the bill ultimately made it nowhere in the Senate with then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the driver’s seat. Now, the House Rules Committee announced March 24 that it will hold a hearing on the current version of the MORE Act, House Bill 3617, at 2 p.m. March 28. In addition, the legislation was also placed on the House calendar of bills expected to be considered by the full chamber next week. The announcements come after more than 20 chief executives from top cannabis companies and various state and advocacy group leaders met with 60 congressional leaders last week in Washington, D.C., urging them for immediate action on reform. U.S. Cannabis Council CEO Steven Hawkins was among the executives leading the charge on Capitol Hill. “We are encouraged by today’s developments in Congress,” Hawkins said in a March 24 statement. “The House is moving toward passage of the MORE Act, which would deschedule cannabis, and the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would expand cannabis research in the United States. Next month, we expect the Senate will introduce its own descheduling proposal.” The Senate bill that made headway Thursday, the Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion…

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