The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that could decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, giving states more room to craft unique regulations.
The “Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019” — also called the MORE Act — could officially remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, expunge federal marijuana convictions and arrests, and approve allocation of resources for communities affected by the war on drugs, according to the bill’s text.
The bill would also expunge records of low-level marijuana offenses and allow VA doctors to prescribe marijuana to veterans for anxiety, depression, PTSD, and pain management.
While many are applauding the House for approving the bill, it was also introduced in seven other House committees that could alter the outcome.
The legislation’s primary sponsor, Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., also explained why he doesn’t think the Senate will pass the bill “as is.” He added, “When the House passes a bill, it’s part of a continuing process. It’s not the end of a process.”
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