House of Representatives to Vote on Cannabis Legalization
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act in September, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) has confirmed.
The MORE Act would do the following:
- Remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act.
- Impose a 5% tax on marijuana sales
- Expunge past marijuana convictions and provide resentencing opportunities for those currently serving time for marijuana crimes
- Bar denial of citizenship, security clearances or public benefits on the basis of cannabis use
The vote will make history. This is the first time since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that a chamber of Congress is expected to vote to reschedule cannabis.
The impending vote was praised by the Drug Policy Alliance. The DPA recently sent a letter along with a number of other organizations urging a House vote on the MORE Act.
“We are ecstatic to see congressional leadership take the next steps to vote on the MORE Act next month,” Queen Adesuyi, policy manager for DPA, told Marijuana Moment. “Advancing this bill meets the principles of this political moment where millions of Americans are demanding changes to the status quo. House Democrats have the incredible opportunity to move a bill that enjoys bipartisan support while responding to the calls for justice reform and racial justice reverberating across the country.”
NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said the MORE Act’s passage “is essential in order to truly right the wrongs of federal marijuana criminalization, and to once and for all allow the majority of states that have legalized cannabis for either medical or adult-use to embrace these policies free from the threat of undue federal prosecution or interference.”