House Begins Final Debate On Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Floor Vote Imminent

House Begins Final Debate On Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill, With Floor Vote Imminent
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This story is developing and will be updated. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning opened up debate on a bill to federally legalize marijuana, with a floor vote expected within hours. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act from House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) was first discussed on the floor Thursday, with members approving a final rule to advance it to a full chamber vote. This is the second time in history that a bill to end federal cannabis prohibition has been considered in a full chamber of Congress. A nearly identical version of the MORE Act passed in 2020, but it stalled in the Senate. It passed through the sponsor’s panel again this session in September. Nadler opened Friday’s floor debate, calling the MORE Act “long overdue legislation that would reverse decades of failed federal policies based on the criminalization of marijuana.” It also take steps to address the heavy toll these policies have taken across the country, particularly among communities of color. For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of as a matter of personal choice and public health. — Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) April 1, 2022 “It would also take steps to address the heavy toll these policies have taken across the country, particularly among communities of color,” he said. “For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem, instead of as a matter of personal choice and public health.” “Whatever one’s views are on the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal use, the policy of arrest, prosecution and incarceration at the federal level has proven both unwise and unjust,” the chairman said. The chairman of the Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), spoke in favor of the legislation. “We have an…

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