In an act of historic proportions, The House of Representatives approved legislation that would decriminalize marijuana on Friday 12.4.20. So why isn’t a cloud of cannabis smoke rolling across the nation? Why aren’t joints being tossed from floats like candy at a Halloween parade? Where’s the fanfare – the excitement??
While yes – the bill passed through the house with a vote of 228-164, and yes – it contains some fantastic provisions to correct injustices that have existed for generations, there are just a couple problems . . .
- The MORE Act doesn’t legalize marijuana.
- The MORE Act will likely get denied by the largely Republican Senate.
Despite those couple major hangups, it’s important to consider the magnitude of this moment. As Justin Strekal, the Political Director at NORML explained, “for the first time in American history, the public will see the ‘People’s House’ vote to end the senseless, cruel, and racist policy of marijuana criminalization and prohibition”.
What is the MORE Act?
HR 3884, or the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is a bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. For decades,…