U.S. House of Representatives approved the (MORE) Act Bill on Friday, December 4, 2020.
This bill, Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, cannabis would be federally descheduled and those with prior convictions would have their records expunged. The descheduling provisions would be retroactive.
“Across this nation, thousands of men and women have suffered needlessly from the federal criminalization of marijuana, particularly in communities of color and have borne the burden of collateral consequences for those ensnared in criminal legal systems that have damaged our society across generations,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said in her opening remarks.
“This is unacceptable and we must change our laws. It is time for Congress to catch up with the reforms that states are enacting.”
Official Twitter account for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Representing Texas' 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Jackson Lee, the continued enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws results in over 600,000 arrests annually, disproportionately impacting people of color who are almost four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than their White counterparts, despite equal rates of use.
I support the #MOREAct because it accomplishes three very important things:
1. Removes marijuana, or cannabis, from the list—or the schedule—of Federally controlled substances.
2. Sets up a taxation structure to collect a sales tax on marijuana, which would increase from five to eight percent over five years.
3. Expunge and seal Federal marijuana convictions and resentence offenders, as appropriate.
We must undo the damage that has been done to our communities since marijuana was arbitrarily placed on the list of controlled substances back in 1970.
It’s the day that cannabis reform advocates have been building toward for years—a full floor vote to end prohibition in a chamber of Congress.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), the sole GOP cosponsor of the legislation, said that while he feels the bill is “flawed,” he is voting for it “because the federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana for a generation.
“We have seen a generation, particularly of black and brown youth, locked up for offenses that not should have not resulted in any incarceration whatsoever,” he said.
Before coming law the bill will have to be approved by the Senate, it is on it's way!!!