House Begins Debate On Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Praise From Pelosi Ahead Of Floor Vote

House Begins Debate On Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Praise From Pelosi Ahead Of Floor Vote
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday began floor consideration of a bill to federally legalize marijuana, with a full chamber vote expected on Friday. Members on both sides of the aisle were given the chance to debate the final rule for the process to consider the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act that was approved by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday. That panel made in order several amendments for floor consideration and rejected others that would have placed additional restrictions on the reform measure from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). This is the second time in history that a chamber of Congress will be voting on ending the decades-long prohibition on marijuana. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), a pro-legalization congressman who is also the sponsor of separate bipartisan marijuana banking reform legislation, served as manager of the rule and made opening comments as the body started debate. “It is clear prohibition is over,” Perlmutter said, referring to the growing number of states enacting legalization. “Today we have an opportunity to chart a new path forward on federal cannabis policy that actually makes sense. The MORE Act is about justice, safety, equity and states rights.” “The time to pass the MORE Act and right the injustices in our community is now,” he said. Ahead of the floor debate on the rule, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke in favor of the legalization bill at a press briefing, stressing that “many states have already” enacted the policy change and so “this is consistent with is happening in many states across the country.” “It also addresses the injustice of it because of what penalties had been before some of these decriminalization [reforms] took place,” the speaker said. “There’s so many discussions that have gone on over the years about…

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