MORE Act Gets Another Thumbs Up From House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to legalize cannabis in all 50 states. The vote for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act was 220 to 204, cast mostly along party lines.
Three Republicans — California’s Tom McClintock and Florida’s Brian Mast and Matt Gaetz — joined most Democrats in supporting the bill. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) joined the majority of Republicans in voting No.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) used the vote as an opportunity to take a cutting swipe at the GOP. Referencing bizarre comments from Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn, Raskin said: “I concede our party is not for the kind of cocaine fueled orgies that a freshman Republican representative bragged about this week, but we do understand that their marijuana prohibition laws don’t work for our people."
The vote is largely symbolic because the bill isn’t expected to muster enough votes in the Senate. This is the second time the bill has passed the House.
The time may not be ripe for federal rescheduling, but reforms continue to make headway across the U.S. Eighteen states have now legalized adult use cannabis. Another 37 allow medical marijuana.