MORE Act Clears Rules Committee, Heads to House Floor

MORE Act Clears Rules Committee, Heads to House Floor

<![CDATA[Federal legislation to end cannabis prohibition is expected to advance to the House floor April 1 after Rules Committee members voted 9-4 in favor of attaching four amendments to the bill on Wednesday evening. Overall, the committee entertained 22 amendments to the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which aims to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, provide expungements for cannabis offenses and impose a federal tax on cannabis that would help fund programs for those adversely affected by the drug war. Sponsored by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the legislation, House Bill 3617, 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 bill. RELATED: U.S. House Passes MORE Act “I was proud to introduce this long overdue legislation to reverse decades of failed federal policies based on the criminalization of marijuana,” Nadler said during his opening remarks before the Rules Committee on Wednesday. “It would also take steps to address the heavy toll these policies have taken across the country, particularly among communities of color,” he said. “Last time, the House voted on a bipartisan basis to address this issue. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to act, so I’m pleased that we’re moving forward again.” Despite the federal government’s continued criminalization of cannabis, 37 states have legalized medical cannabis for commercial sale without low-THC restrictions, while 18 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized adult-use cannabis. Nadler highlighted three main focuses of his 92-page bill, which would: remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances; authorize the provision of resources funded by the federal tax of cannabis sales to address the needs of communities that have been…

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