Historic Vote to Decriminalize Cannabis Passes in the US House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives just passed the MORE Act, a historic bill aimed at federally decriminalizing cannabis. The measure outlines the removal of cannabis from the controlled substances act and opens up pathways for expunging nonviolent criminal cannabis offenses. With 120 co-sponsors, including one Republican, the initiative passed successfully in the House. However, it is expected to die on arrival in Mitch McConnell’s conservative controlled Senate, therefore can barely be considered bi-partisen.

Whether or not the bill will see the light of day in the US Senate, this initiative by the House still marks a historic milestone in cannabis policy. The measure signifies increasing public interest in more sensible drug policy and expanding access to therapeutic plant medicines. The vote is expected to take place largely along party lines, with Republicans expected to shut it down in the Senate.  

The historic passing of this act will see a wave of progression, not just for drug policy attitude by reversing decades of discriminatory cannabis policies, but it will also have hugely positive social benefits. Veterans will have better access to alternative medications and economic and job opportunities will be presented.

“The bottom line is this vote is about freedom. It is about freedom of choice for every American to make decisions for themselves without the fear of the government coming and arresting him” – Rep. TulsiGabbard

 

The vote passed with 227 votes for the measure and 164 against (with 40 “no votes” counted).

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More About the MORE Act

Recent NBC reporting described that the MORE Act would also create pathways for social equity initiatives, enable veterans to obtain medical cannabis certifications from Veterans Affairs and work to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Today’s vote marks  the first time a full chamber of Congress has ever taken up the issue of federally decriminalizing cannabis. 

“It is the right thing to do,” said a co-sponsor of the MORE Act, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, to NBC. “For too long, the war on drugs has targeted young people, especially Black people, and rejected the advice of experts.”

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