MORE Act: House Of Representatives Votes To Legalise Cannabis

MORE Act: House Of Representatives Votes To Legalise Cannabis
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The US House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalise cannabis at the federal level. Known as the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, the legislation previously passed the House in 2020 before stalling in the Senate. Despite receiving this second endorsement from the lower chamber, the expectation is that the MORE Act will once again fail in the upper House. Related Post Cannabis Legalisation: Should All Nations Copy Malta? What Is The MORE Act? First introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler in 2019, the MORE Act would legalise cannabis by removing it from the list of federally banned substances laid out by the Controlled Substances Act. The bill also seeks to create a federal excise tax on all cannabis sales and to use the money raised to finance social equity programmes. Among these is the Community Reinvestment Grant Program, which would provide training, legal aid and other services to people from communities that the War has negatively impacted on Drugs. On top of all this, the MORE Act aims to expunge all non-violent cannabis-related convictions and protects all US citizens and immigrants from being discriminated against for using cannabis. Opening the floor debate before the House vote on Friday, Nadler stated that “the policy of arrest, prosecution and incarceration at the federal level has proven both unwise and unjust.” This view is backed up by numerous polls that indicate that most Americans now support cannabis legalisation, and the nation’s politicians are clearly taking their cue from the people by espousing the bill. The vote mostly followed party lines, with just three Republicans backing the MORE Act and two Democrats rejecting it. Overall, the bill was approved by a vote of 220 to 204. Will The MORE Act Be Passed? Though the MORE Act has reached this…

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