The United States House of Representatives is poised to vote a second time to end federal cannabis prohibition and help communities and individuals hardest hit by the war on drugs.
A vote on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, will hit the House floor as early as Wednesday, according to the schedule released Friday. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill last September.
It would make legal cannabis operations eligible for Small Business Administration loans and checking accounts, force federal courts to overturn previous cannabis convictions.
The bill would also tax weed to fund job training, literacy and drug treatment programs, as well as efforts to help those hardest hit by the war on drugs get into the mainstream. marijuana industry.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, DN.Y., is the primary sponsor of the bill, along with Reps. Donald Payne Jr., D-10th Dist., and Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th Dist., Among the co-sponsors.
The House approved the legislation in the final weeks of the last Congress in 2020, but it never made it back to the Senate.
At the time, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said House Democratic leaders waited too long and should have called a vote before the 2020 election in which the party unexpectedly lost seats in the chamber. .
This time around, the vote is expected to take place well before the midterm elections, where Democratic control of Congress is at stake.
“As we head into the midterm elections, this vote will provide us with a record of where our elected officials stand on this important public policy,” said Morgan Fox, political director of NORML, the National Organization for marijuana law reform.
Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, are drafting their own legislation to end the federal ban on cannabis and help people and communities affected by the War on Drugs.
In February, the House voted to allow banks to provide credit cards, checking accounts and other financial services to legal cannabis businesses, but Booker opposed passing the measure in the Senate, saying that any legislation must also include a restorative justice provision.
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