Republican MPs have condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Democratic leadership announced that a bill to federally legalize marijuana will hit the floor of the house on Wednesday.
The head of the majority of the house, Steny Hoyer, D-Md. He said the chamber is considering several bills, including the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Extraction Act (MORE), and the vote will take place Wednesday through Friday.
Another bill under review aims to ban the breeding and private ownership of big cats that were featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” document houses earlier this year.
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But Republicans, many of whom are staunch critics of legalizing marijuana, even though it was legal in many of their states, have accused Pelosi of California on Twitter of prioritizing “cannabis and cats” over finding a bipartisan corona virus clearance bill.
“This week, the majority of House Democrats are struggling to vote to legalize the bank and ban tiger ownership,” Kevin McCarthy, the House’s minority leader, wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Nothing for small businesses. Nothing to reopen schools. Nothing in the fight against the pandemic. Only cannabis and cats.
Although the House will not vote this week on funding for COVID-19 aid, the rapporteur said he spoke to Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin about “bipartisan progress” in finding a solution that attempts to stubborn demands from Democrats and Republicans.
The coronavirus stimulus package has been maintained for months largely because Democrats are looking for a roughly $ 2.2 trillion package, while Republicans don’t want to spend more than $ 500 billion on aid, a dead end that has resulted in many aid packages being rejected on both sides of the corridor.
After a conversation with President-elect Joe Biden, Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said it was a priority to get an incentive package at the Congress’s lame duck session.
“Secretary Mnuchin said he would review the proposal submitted by Leader Schumer and I to leaders McConnell and McCarthy last night, as well as the proposal of the bipartisan Senate published today,” Pelosi said in a statement tonight. “Further facilitation of COVID is long overdue and should be handed over at this lame duck session.”
The vote on the MORE Act is not as unexpected as some Republican lawmakers apparently believe, as it was in the chamber’s pocket in September.
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Some centrist-democratic lawmakers feared that adopting federal weed legalization before the election, when COVID-19 legislation failed, could play a bad role with voters, the Marijuana Movement reported earlier this year.
“The MORE Act remains a critical element in the House Democrats’ plan to tackle systemic racism and promote criminal justice reform, and we are committed to bringing it to the floor before the end of the year, ”Hoyer said in a statement. according to the publication. “Currently, the House is relentlessly working to secure an agreement to prevent a harmful government shutdown and will continue its work to address the COVID-19 epidemic.”
Although congressional Republicans remain largely opposed to legalizing marijuana, two convincingly conservative states voted to legalize the plant for medical purposes on election day.
Mississippi and South Dakota have passed legislation allowing the medical use of marijuana, joining 34 other states.
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But South Dakota has also joined Arizona, New Jersey and Montana, allowing adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes – so 15 states allow possession, USA Today reported.
And despite the congressional GOP acknowledging the drug, according to a Gallup survey released immediately after the election, 68 percent of Americans actually support legalizing marijuana, a two-percent increase from last year.