House Passes Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana
On Friday, the Democrat-led House of Representative approved legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at a Federal level.
The bill passed largely along party lines, 222 Democrats, 5 Republicans and 1 libertarian voted for the bill while 158 Republicans and 6 Democrats voted against the bill.
Said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D), "Millions of Americans' lives have been upended as a result of convictions for possessing small amounts of marijuana, and the racial disparities in conviction rates for those offenses are as shocking as they are unjust. That's why we passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act today."
The MORE Act would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and eliminate criminal penalties for individuals who manufacture, distribute or possess marijuana. There would also be an opportunity to expunge prior convictions.
Although the bill easily passed in the House, it is considered highly unlikely to pass in the Republican-led Senate.
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