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The United States House of Representatives just passed bill to end the federal ban on marijuana. This is the first time a full Chamber of Congress approves marijuana legalization. The measure has yet to climb a big hill in the US Senate.
New York Representative’s Jerry Nadler’s Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, better known as the MORE Act, would end the federal marijuana ban by removing the plant from the Controlled Substances Act. The measure, which was approved on December 4 between 228 and 164, provides that states are free to regulate the facility at their discretion, and that funding and programs be put in place to enable the eviction of cannabis offenders and social justice all in one demand potential federally approved pot industry.
According to a summary of the bill by Congress, the MORE bill would impose a federal 5 percent tax on marijuana used to set up a trust fund to support programs to help communities affected by the war on drugs, as well as to issue loans to Small business should be used at cannabis entrepreneurs. The bill would also: require the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic information on owners and employees of cannabis companies; Ensure past marijuana offenders are protected from loss of federal benefits or immigration status; and set up a deletion process for previous pot convictions.
A similar version of the bill was passed by a House Committee in 2019 but never received a House vote. The 2020 attempt made it out of the House Rules Committee on Dec 2nd and hit full bottom this morning.
Colorado officials, Ed Perlmutter, Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse and Jason Crowe, all Democrats, jointly sponsored the bill. Mother of pearl has been an advocate for marijuana banking rights for the past half decade.
“I’m glad to see the MORE Act being voted on in-house this week. This comprehensive legislation will help modernize our federal cannabis policy to ensure fairness, equity and inclusion, ”Perlmutter said in a statement to Westword before voting yes on the bill. “Reform of the federal cannabis law is long overdue, so I continue to push for the passage of the SAFE Banking Act and broader reforms in Congress.”
DeGette also issued a statement in support of marijuana legalization and the MORE Act, stating that the federal government’s current stance on the facility “threatens this emerging industry” and that Colorado marijuana companies “like any other business owner in.” our state should be dealt with “- without the constant threat of federal intervention. “
Republican representatives Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton (who will hand over his seat to Republican Lauren Boebert in 2021), all known opponents of legalization, voted no.
Boebert and her staff declined to comment on the MORE Act, but when asked about the position of the elected representative on marijuana legalization, their staff sent a statement Boebert had made on the campaign.
“Now that there is a Colorado law on marijuana, I believe it is the responsibility of the state, not the federal government, to oversee it. I was generally impressed with the amount of oversight that the local industry provides, as well my inclination is to do so. ” Approach this from a question of the rights of states. The federal government should not exceed this process, “said Boebert.” My general concern about how this affects children and how they are protected from potential dangers is the same concern that I share with alcohol.
Despite the historic vote, the move will stall if the Senate maintains its current approach to progressive marijuana policy, which doesn’t exist. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a well-known opponent of legalization, has recently refused to hear less ambitious marijuana reform measures, including Mother of Pearl’s Safe-Banking Act, which would protect banks that are state-legal Serving marijuana business but lagging far behind federal law legalization.
The Senate version of the MORE Act, sponsored by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, is unlikely to be heard before the end of the year.
Add the MORE Act to the long list of political issues, depending on the upcoming runoff elections in Georgia for two seats in the US Senate. If both Democratic candidates win in Georgia, the Republicans would lose their Senate majority. While a narrow Senate majority for Democrats doesn’t guarantee that the MORE bill will be heard and even less approved by the entire Senate, it would significantly increase the odds.
“With this vote, Members of the House of Representatives have set the stage for a much-needed legislative showdown in 2021 that will see the Biden government in office – one that has publicly expressed appetite for appeals against the restorative judiciary to advance. ” outlined in the MORE Act, “said Erik Altieri, Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.” We are ready for this legislative debate and we expect it to be ultimately won. “
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Thomas Mitchell has been writing about everything cannabis-related for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate, and general news en route to publications like the Republic of Arizona, Inman, and Fox Sports. He is currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.