On Friday, the House passed comprehensive legislation decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, the first time a chamber of Congress has voted to legalize cannabis.
The measure, the Reinvestment and Emptying of Marijuana Opportunity (MULTIPLE) Act, passed 228 to 164 votes largely on the party line.
Six Democrats and five Republicans voted against the law. The Senate, controlled by the GOP, is not expected to take action.
The legislation would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances and cancel some marijuana convictions for nonviolent criminals.
“MULTIPLE LAW is a sober and sensible bill that will bring tangible, real change in the lives of millions. I am proud of this bill, which focuses on racial, economic and moral justice, and I look forward to its adoption by the House today, ”said the Chair of the House’s Judiciary Committee. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler This Week: Congressional Competitions to End the Year’s Work Supreme Republicans Praise Trump’s Flynn Grace. (DN.Y.), which introduced the bill, tweeted before Friday’s vote.
The bill would allow states to continue to define their own rules and regulations regarding the sale and access to medical marijuana. Individuals would no longer be subject to federal prosecution for marijuana crimes, leaving the question of legality to the states.
Recreational cannabis is legal in 15 states and Washington DC, and medical marijuana has been legalized in 34 states.
“We are here because we have failed three generations of black and brown youth whose lives could be ruined or lost by the selective enforcement of these laws. This legislation will put an end to the disaster. It’s time for Congress to step up and do its part, ”Rep. Count BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso will be number one on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (D-Ore.), Co-Chair of the Cannabis Caucus Congress, on the floor of the house.
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Senate Republicans have refused to pass similar legislation passed by the House. In September 2019, the House passed a measure this would allow banks to work with cannabis shops, but in the Senate this has not yet developed.
Friday’s bill was backed by groups such as the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Marijuana Policy Project and the American Civil Rights Association, all lobbying for its transition.
The intelligent approaches of the anti-cannabis group, Marijuana, criticized the House’s vote on Friday.
“This is a frivolous bill that was frivolously voted on and we rest easy knowing that there is zero interest in moving the bill in the Senate and zero interest in supporting it in either the current or incoming administration,” said group chairman Kevin Sabet. .
He added that Congress should focus more on alleviating the coronavirus.
“Every legislator and lobbyist who has voted on this and even spent a second passing the bill should be ashamed of himself,” Sabet said.