Just moments ago, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed the most far-reaching cannabis legalization bill that has ever received a committee vote in Congress. The bill will now be sent to the full House of Representatives. This is a historic moment in our decades-long campaign to end cannabis prohibition at the federal level.
Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is a comprehensive approach to fixing our nation’s broken cannabis laws. In addition to federally decriminalizing and descheduling cannabis (thus allowing states to set their own policies), the MORE Act contains strong social equity provisions with an emphasis on restorative justice for communities most impacted by cannabis prohibition. Here are a few things the legislation would do:
- remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act;
- require federal courts to expunge prior cannabis-related convictions and provide for resentencing;
- provide grants and funding to communities most harmed by the war on cannabis — including by assessing a five percent federal tax on cannabis sales, with revenue used to fund programs such as job training, legal aid for those affected by prohibition, and small business loans for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals;
- lift barriers to licensing and employment in the cannabis industry;
- block federal agencies from denying public benefits or security clearances due to cannabis use;
- protect immigrants from being denied citizenship over cannabis; and
- allow VA physicians to recommend medical cannabis to veterans.
We have two requests:
- Contact your representative in support of the MORE Act — help build support for this legislation.
- Donate to MPP — provide us with the resources to maintain pressure on Congress to enact landmark federal cannabis reform.
Let’s put an end to cannabis prohibition — with justice for all.