Mar 31, 2022
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Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will once again vote on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would end the federal prohibition of cannabis and create important protections for individuals, the emerging cannabis industry, and those harmed by prohibition policies.
Please send a quick email to your representative NOW in support of this important legislation!
Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and 114 cosponsors, the MORE Act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and end criminal penalties under federal law; 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; lift barriers to licensing and employment in the cannabis industry; protect immigrants from being denied citizenship over cannabis; and allow VA physicians to recommend medical cannabis to veterans. A summary of the bill’s key provisions can be found here.
The House previously passed the measure (228-164) in December 2020, but it was not considered by the Senate.
With this House floor vote, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have the opportunity and responsibility to come together to pass this crucial piece of legislation. The prohibition and criminalization of cannabis has led to decades of injustice and devastating consequences, particularly in Black, Latino, and low-income communities, and it’s clear that a strong majority of Americans do not support the status quo. It is past time for Congress to listen to the American people and take real action towards ending the war on cannabis and advancing serious criminal justice reform.
Please urge your U.S. representative to support MORE, and then share the link to take action far and wide. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the progress of the MORE Act and other federal cannabis reforms.