House Vote on MORE Act Postponed

The U.S. House of Representatives was expected to cast a historic vote on marijuana decriminalization this week. That vote has been postponed by Democratic leaders.

Optics were the primary concern.

“Centrist Democrats who have been agitating for action on coronavirus relief after months of stalled negotiations had expressed concern about taking a vote on marijuana legalization before work on what they see as must-pass legislation is completed,” The Hill reports

"Right now, the House is focused relentlessly on securing agreement to stave off a damaging government shutdown and continuing to do its job addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “Later this autumn, the House will pass the MORE Act with strong support as yet another crucial step toward making our justice system fair for all Americans.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said the MORE Act may have to wait until after the November election. But Democrats do appear committed to voting on it before the end of the year.