May 28, 2021
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Today, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reintroduced the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. If enacted, the legislation would end the federal prohibition of cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act and ending criminal penalties under federal law.
Send an email to your representative in support of the MORE Act. In addition to federally decriminalizing and descheduling cannabis, the MORE Act would 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; 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.
Further, since serious criminal justice reform cannot progress in our country without ending the war on cannabis, the MORE Act would set federal policy on a path toward correcting an unfair system by addressing many of the harms caused by prohibition using an equity and justice-centered framework. A summary of the bill’s key provisions can be found here.
The House of Representatives previously passed the MORE Act in December 2020, but the bill did not advance in the Senate.
With the reintroduction of MORE, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have the opportunity and responsibility to come together and pass this important piece of legislation. The prohibition and criminalization of marijuana 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 this legislation, and then share the link to take action far and wide. We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date on MORE and other federal cannabis reforms.