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The US House of Representatives approves more measures to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level

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Cannabis advocates have reason to rejoice Friday with federal legislation moving forward to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, which would change everything. The US House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunities, Reinvestment, and Elimination (More) Act, or HR 3617, in a hall vote on Friday. It’s the second time the House has approved the bill as the landmark legislation is making its way to the Senate.

Moore’s Act was approved April 1 by a vote of 220-204 in a partisan majority. An earlier version of the bill was approved in December 2020 – also on a mostly partisan vote – which was the first comprehensive cannabis policy reform legislation to receive a vote on the floor or be approved by either house of Congress.

The MORE Act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing states to legalize cannabis markets without fear of federal interference. It will include provisions to erase or resent nonviolent federal cannabis convictions.

It would also boost diversity in the cannabis industry statewide, and help repair the disproportionate damage caused by the US war on drugs. According to the Congressional Budget Office recently AnalyticsThe law, if passed, would increase tax revenue by more than $8 billion over 10 years, and would also significantly reduce costs for federal prisons.

High Times I got many data from the leadership of national cannabis organizations.

“While the majority of states regulate marijuana use and when a majority of voters of all political ideologies support legalization, it makes no sense from a political, financial, or cultural perspective for federal lawmakers to continue supporting ‘Flat Earth,’” said NORML Deputy Director Paul Arminano. Past” High scores. “It is time that Senators follow the example of the House of Representatives and take appropriate measures to align federal law with the majority of public opinion and with the rapidly changing legal and cultural status of the plant.”

“It is time for the Senate to have the courage to do what the House of Representatives has done twice now, and vote to end our failed and racist war on consumers of marijuana,” said Eric Altieri, Executive Director of NORML. High Times. “The American public, regardless of its political convictions, overwhelmingly supports legalization and the federal government should recognize the will of the people and immediately send more law to the office of the president.”

“This vote is a clear indication that Congress is finally listening to the vast majority of voters who are sick and tired of the failed marijuana decriminalization policies and the harm they continue to do to communities across the country every single day,” said Morgan, NORML’s political director. Fox. “We are long overdue to stop punishing adults for the use of an objectively safer substance than alcohol, and that we work to address the disparate negative effects that bans have had on our most vulnerable individuals and marginalized communities for nearly a century.”

Fox replaced outgoing NORML employee Justin Strickall last January when he took over as Political Director, and indeed, federal legislation is moving forward quickly.

“It is time for federal lawmakers to set aside partisan differences and recognize that nationwide legalization policies are generally popular, successful, and serve the best interests of our country,” Fox added. “Now that the House of Representatives has once again supported reasonable and comprehensive reform of cannabis policy, we strongly urge the Senate to move forward on this issue without delay.”

Other organizations agreed on the urgency of the legislation. The American Cannabis Council (USCC) is a leading force to end federal bans – notably creating a fair and values-based cannabis industry, which is one of the defining factors between the MORE Act and similar legislation.

USCC CEO Stephen Hawkins said in a statement sent to High Times. “Today’s historic vote comes as the Senate prepares for the formal introduction of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. Taken together, Congress strongly signals that the end of the federal cannabis ban is nearing its end.”

Hawkins also acknowledges the difficulty the bill will face.

“There is a lot of work to be done before any bill reaches the president’s desk, but we are approaching the end of the cannabis ban era,” Hawkins said. “With more states launching medical cannabis programs and adult abuse, with the majority of Americans supporting reform continuing to grow, and with more Americans having jobs in an industry that already employs more than 400,000 people, the pressure will build on Congress to act.

“Despite the April 1 timing, cannabis reform is serious work. The USCC broadly supports descheduling along with specific reforms such as banking reform, erasure, and tax relief.”

The bill now heads to the Senate, where it needs 60 votes to move forward. There is currently no accompanying bill in the Senate, but Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Booker Wyden are expected to introduce a comprehensive cannabis reform bill next month.

“With voter support for legal cannabis at an all-time high and more and more states moving away from ban, we commend the House of Representatives for taking this step once again to update our federal policies on marijuana,” NCIA CEO and co-founder of NCIA stated. Aaron Smith. “Now is the time for the Senate to pass reasonable reform legislation so that we can finally end the failure of prohibition and promote a well-regulated market for cannabis.”

Moore’s Law is certainly not the only federal law moving forward. Meanwhile, on March 24, 2022, the Senate unanimously passed the Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion (CMRE) Act. The current version of CMRE . Law It would simplify the application process for researchers, allowing them to study cannabis and push the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote and develop cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.

In addition, Senator Nancy Mays introduced the States Reform Act, which some advocates believe has better prospects in the Senate, while others disagree.

Since 10 Republican senators are needed to pass a more bill In the Senate, some are concerned about his chances of crossing the finish line. George Macherrill, CEO of cannabis industry lender Bespoke Financial, is one such person. “While the House vote on the More Act is expected to pass again, we view this as more than a token gesture that will have very little chance of surviving in the Senate.” Tell High Times On March 25th.

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