House of Representatives again approves bill seeking to legalize marijuana in the United States

Written by on 2 April, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives, this Friday, April 1, gave the go-ahead, for the second time in history, to a bill that seeks to legalize marijuana at the federal level in the U.S. territory.

Specifically, the Lower House voted 220-204 to approve the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Elimination (MORE) Act, a legislative proposal that would remove the plant from the Controlled Substances Act at the federal level.

The MORE Act would not only decriminalize marijuana but would also allow for the elimination of certain cannabis convictions and help repair the disparate racial and economic harms caused by prohibitionist policies.

This measure, pushed by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, would also allow financial institutions to provide traditional banking services such as deposit accounts and loans to marijuana businesses without fear of federal retaliation.

An earlier version of this legislation had previously passed the U.S. House in December 2020 but stalled in the Senate.

“At a time when most states regulate marijuana use and when a majority of voters of all political persuasions support legalization, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective for federal lawmakers to continue to support ‘Flat Earth.’ Failed federal prohibitionist policies of the past,” NORML deputy director Paul Armentano told High Times.

As reviewed by Marijuana Moment, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the MORE Act “is an important piece of legislation,” and he knows this because voters consistently choose to legalize cannabis at the state level on the ballot.

Likewise, he also took the opportunity to reject criticism from GOP members that Democrats were ignoring critical issues such as the war in Ukraine and inflation.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that the bill now heads to the Senate, where it needs 60 votes to advance.

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