Push To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

Push To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

Push To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

Push To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

A coalition of major drug policy and civil rights organizations (including the ACLU and NAACP) is urging congressional leadership to hold a House floor vote on a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill by the end of next month (September 2020).

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), more than 120 groups-including the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, Drug Policy Alliance and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights- are saying it’s important and urgent to hold the vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.

They say leadership should “swiftly advance this comprehensive marijuana justice policy that addresses criminal justice reform, racial justice, and equity” and noted that the Judiciary Committee approved the legislation last year. The bill currently has 83 cosponsors, including two who signed on this week.

The letter-which was also signed by the Center for Disability Rights, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Matthew Shepard Foundation and several chapters of NORML and Students for Sensible Drug Policy-says the MORE Act “addresses the collateral consequences of federal marijuana criminalization and takes steps to ensure the legal marketplace is diverse and inclusive of individuals most adversely impacted by prohibition.”

The MORE Act would federally de-schedule cannabis from the law, expunge the records of those with prior marijuana convictions, and impose a federal five percent tax on sales, revenue from which would be reinvested in communities most impacted by the drug war.

It would also create a pathway for resentencing for those in jail for marijuana offenses, as well as protect immigrants from being denied citizenship over cannabis and prevent federal agencies from denying public benefits or security clearances due to its use.

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The MORE Act

Push To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

A bill to decriminalize and de-schedule cannabis, to provide for reinvestment in certain persons adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, to provide for expungement of certain cannabis offenses, and for other purposes.

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 23, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.The More Act of 2019 continues to be debated.

S. 2227 is a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2227. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

Push To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill By Next Month

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Shay Dee
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Shay is a modern cannabis connoisseur! She enjoys low THC vapes, some infused beverages, and uses CBD for its various medical effects.

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