MORE Act Clears House Judiciary Committee

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), which would decriminalize and deschedule marijuana, cleared a key House Committee on Wednesday. With support from two Republicans — Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Tom McClintock (D-CA) — the legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee 26-15.

Wednesday’s vote will move the bill to the House floor for a second time. The MORE Act passed the house in 2020, but stalled in the Senate, which was then controlled by the GOP. A similar measure has been proposed by Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

House Judiciary ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) blasted the MORE Act’s equity provisions, saying it would create a “stimulus” for the marijuana industry. A series of Republican amendments to the bill failed. These include amendments that would have blocked grant funding for people convicted of rioting or looting, gun charges or tax evasion, as well as an amendment requiring DOT to publish best practices on testing for impaired drivers.

Read more at Roll Call.