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Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill Proposed In U.S. House

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021.

 

Last updated 5/31/2021 at 11:59am

-More Act -crafted with an emphasis on empowering states to enact their own Cannabis policies.

-Removes penalties for Cannabis possession, clear some cannabis-related criminal records, and establish social equity programs dedicated to repairing the communities most disadvantaged by the racist drug war and undoing other generational harms of Cannabis prohibition.

-Bill's House co-sponsors include Cannabis Caucus co-Chairs Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY).

-The bill would establish an Opportunity Trust Fund, funded by a five percent tax (which would increase to an 8 percent tax over three years) on retail Cannabis sales.

-This fund would cover job training, health education, re-entry, and other services including legal aid for people from the most impacted communities.

-The bill also calls for creating an Office of Cannabis Justice, which would oversee the new social equity requirements.

"Since I introduced the MORE Act last Congress, numerous states across the nation, including my home state of New York, have moved to legalize marijuana. Our federal laws must keep up with this pace. I'm proud to reintroduce the MORE Act to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, remove the needless burden of marijuana convictions on so many Americans, and invest in communities that have been disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs." - Rep. Nadler, in a press release

"With a strong base of support in the House and in the Senate, the table is set," said Rep. Blumenaur, who co-founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. "It's past time that we stop federal interference with Cannabis banking and research, as well as the terrible pattern of selective enforcement that has devastated communities of color. The MORE Act will help address all of these problems and more."

 
 

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