NBC News reports:
As the cannabis industry continues to take root state by state, Congress will consider whether to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act once and for all.
The House will vote Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which would decriminalize cannabis and clear the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions.
The MORE Act would also create pathways for ownership opportunities in the emerging industry, allow veterans to obtain medical cannabis recommendations from Veteran Affairs doctors and establish funding sources to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
The federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation.
I’m voting for the MORE Act. pic.twitter.com/suH497s54Y
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 4, 2020
Passing the MORE Act is an opportunity to put an end to decades-long racial injustice against Black & brown communities.
The people overwhelmingly support cannabis reform & it’s time for Congress to catch up.https://t.co/aUihRMNL4Y
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 2, 2020
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 3, 2020
Today, the House votes on my bill, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. I’m proud of this historic bill—which federally decriminalizes marijuana, expunges marijuana convictions, and makes local investments—and the difference it’ll make. #WeWantMORE pic.twitter.com/M6ERXXK9oR
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) December 4, 2020