Should we decriminalize marijuana?
• “[This] bill before us today fails to address the important issues contained in those memos. This includes preventing: the distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing marijuana from moving beyond states where it’s legal, preventing violence and the use of firearms in growing or distributing marijuana, preventing drugged driving and preventing marijuana revenue from funding criminal enterprises, gangs or cartels… There is effective legislation before this committee that is more comprehensive, much less bureaucratic, and which actually stands a chance of becoming law. This bill is none of those things.” Source: Rep. Doug Collins (Republican, Georgia, District 9)
• “[The MORE Act] is a significant step towards ending the failed war on drugs and correcting some of the harms that it has caused… The bill not only deschedules marijuana at the federal level, but it also provides a roadmap for states to legalize in a just and equitable manner. The MORE Act also provides resentencing and expungement for those with marijuana convictions and mandates the inclusion of those most impacted by the criminalization of marijuana in the newly legal marijuana industry. The ACLU is pleased to support the MORE Act and its efforts to counter the over-criminalization, over policing, and mass incarceration stemming from the war on drugs.” Source: Charlotte Resing (Policy Analyst, ACLU)
• “As more states legalize marijuana, millions of Americans with marijuana-related convictions continue to face overwhelming barriers to jobs, education, and housing… That is why we must act to remove the burden of marijuana convictions and make sure these individuals have the support needed to move forward. It is also critical that everyone — especially people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs — has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry. This is a matter of racial and economic justice.” Source: Sen. Kamala Harris (Democrat, California)
Awaiting Vote .
This bill would decriminalize marijuana, take it off the controlled substances list, and expunge certain marijuana offenses from people’s records. The bill would further work to reinvest in people adversely affected by the War on Drugs. Sponsor: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (Democrat, New York, District 10)
- Chairman Nadler Statement for the Markup of H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019
- House Panel Approves First Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level (Bloomberg)
- House committee approves landmark bill legalizing marijuana at the federal level (CNBC)
- Key Committee In Congress Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill (Forbes)
- House Judiciary Passes MORE Act to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level (Press Release)
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