Watch Live: Lawmakers Preview Historic Vote To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Key lawmakers are holding a press conference on Tuesday to discuss a wide-ranging marijuana legalization bill that’s scheduled for a House committee vote this week. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would federally deschedule cannabis and provide for expungements and reinvestments in communities most impacted by the war on drugs. Nadler’s panel confirmed that members would mark up the legislation on Wednesday at 10:00 AM ET. The chairman—as well as Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and the executive directors of the Drug Policy Alliance and Law Enforcement Action Partnership—will speak at the event, according to a notice. Watch lawmakers discuss the federal marijuana legalization vote below: There’s been significant pressure from reform advocates to advance the legislation, especially since the full House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would protect banks servicing marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators. Several reform groups, including the ACLU, wrote a letter to House leadership ahead of that vote asking for a delay, arguing that Congress must pass comprehensive legalization that addresses social equity concerns before moving ahead with legislation viewed as largely favorable to the…
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