Bill To Repeal Marijuana Prohibition Passes Critical House Committee

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RELATED: Breaking: House Committee To Vote On Federal Cannabis Legalization Next Week The MORE Act facilitates the expungement of low-level federal marijuana convictions. The MORE Act repeals the long-standing federal prohibition of marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act — thereby ending the state/federal conflict over cannabis policies and providing state governments with greater authority to regulate marijuana-related activities, including retail sales. The bill was approved 26-15, with 24 Democrats joined by two Republicans. “The continued criminalization of marijuana by the federal government is an affront to our professed ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice.” — Justin Strekal, political director of NORML. By Nicolas Jose Rodriguez Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon advanced HR 3617: the Marijuana, Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021. RELATED: The MORE Act Will Not Legalize Cannabis Nationwide — Not Like You’re Thinking Maritza Perez, director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement that, “Despite all the progress we have made on reforming state marijuana laws across the country, it tragically still makes up the lion share of drug arrests in this country, resulting in one arrest every 90 seconds in 2020.

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“The continued criminalization of marijuana by the federal government is an affront to our professed ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice.” — Justin Strekal, political director of NORML.

By Nicolas Jose Rodriguez

Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon advanced HR...

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