Lawmakers And Organizations React To Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill’s House Passage

Lawmakers And Organizations React To Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill’s House Passage
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With the passage of a bill to federally legalize marijuana in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, reactions to the development are pouring in from key lawmakers and drug policy organizations. Friday marked the second time in history that a measure to end prohibition cleared a chamber of Congress. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) passed along mostly partisan lines, 220-204. 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. Now all eyes are on the Senate, where leadership is separately preparing to introduce a legalization bill but has faced sharp criticism for delaying reform. “We’ve been here before,” Nadler said during a press briefing following the vote on Friday. “Unfortunately, the Senate failed to act. Sometimes I think we’d be better off if we didn’t have a Senate.” “Now I renew my calls my colleagues in the Senate to actually address this issue—and I’m hopeful that they will heed this call,” the chairman said. Here’s how lawmakers and organizations are reacting to the MORE Act passage:  I spoke on the House Floor today about why #WeNeedMORE. This is a matter of justice – decriminalizing marijuana at the Federal level will address systemic inequities & the disproportionate economic impact of the war on drugs on communities of color. https://t.co/k8Z0Q1Rkao — Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) April 1, 2022 36 states and D.C. have legalized medical cannabis and 19 states and D.C. have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. If states are the laboratories of democracy, it's long past time for the federal government to recognize legalization has been a resounding success. — House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) April 1, 2022 Criminal penalties for…

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