MORE Invoice: Home Passes Historic Marijuana Decriminalization Invoice
Marijuana legalization has come one step closer to becoming a reality at the federal level. The house voted for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act – the MORE Act.
This is the first time the entire Chamber of Commerce has voted to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. The bill is a move to remove marijuana from federal controlled substances law.
The law aims not only to legalize marijuana but also to invest in the most vulnerable communities and give those who have been most harmed by this law a chance to succeed.
If the bill were also passed and enacted by the Republican-controlled Senate, the MORE bill would legalize marijuana, use tax revenues from marijuana companies to strengthen color communities, ban immigrants, deported due to marijuana crime, or deny citizenship to ensure that no one is denied public services.
The vote was largely partisan – 228-164. Five Republicans and the only independent member joined the Democrats to get the bill passed, and six Democrats voted no. Big Trump ally Matt Gates was one of the few Republicans to support this bill. In addition to endorsing the bill, he was the sole Republican co-sponsor of that bill, along with dozens and dozen of Democrats.
In his speech, Florida Representative Matt Gates (R) said, “My Republican colleagues will make a number of arguments against this bill, but those arguments are overwhelmingly losing with the American people.” He added, “In every state where cannabis reform was on the ballot in this country, it has been passed with overwhelming support.”
Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, DN.Y., who sponsored the bill, said he thinks Washington shouldn’t lag behind parts of the nation that far. Many other House Democrats who have spoken out in favor of federal action also said it was long overdue.
The MORE Act also allows the courts to remove marijuana-related convictions from a person’s criminal record. The record-breaking measures were important to states like Illinois and California, which made expulsions an integral part of their marijuana statutes.
However, Republicans strongly denounced the measure, saying criminals should not be released early. They also said federal decriminalization would contribute to more deaths and injuries from disabled drivers who use marijuana.
With many states across the country already enacted such a law, and with five states legalizing marijuana in the past election, including red states like South Dakota and Montana, this move seems like what Democrat-led house spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi decided to take Just take advantage of the dynamism that already exists in the federal states and make a statement that the federal government is also on board.
On the flip side, the avid marijuana industry, as expected, welcomes this historic move. According to those associated with the cannabis industry, the MORE Act decriminalizes marijuana and opens up opportunities for many people, including existing cannabis companies.
They add that cannabis companies are currently taxed at a level under Section 280E of the Tax Code, where they pay more than 50% tax to the federal government. But when required by law, this bill significantly reduces the tax to 5-8%!
Although the marijuana bill is expected to die in the Senate this year, Democrats could vote on a similar bill in the next session of Congress.
President-elect Joe Biden is a strong advocate of decriminalization. Control over the Senate is still unclear, pending two runoff elections that will determine the majority in January.
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