House Expected to Take Historical Marijuana Vote This Month

The House of Representatives
  • According to a member of the House of Representatives, it’s expected for a vote to take place this month that could potentially remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
  • The bill also includes the establishment of an expungement process for certain marijuana offenses. 
  • 66% of adult Americans are in support of the legalization of marijuana. 

According to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the House of Representatives are expected to vote on a historic marijuana decriminalization bill this month. If approved, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, resulting in its decriminalization across the U.S.

This would also give states the technical “permission” to pass their own laws on pot; something they have been doing for years as 11 states and Washington D.C. already allow it for recreational use. 

U.S. States that Allow Recreational Marijuana for Adult Use

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

If the House approves this bill, marijuana will be imposed with a 5% tax. It would also create a fund for people who have been impacted by drug use and establish an expungement process for certain convictions involving marijuana offenses. 

Clyburn told members that the vote is anticipated to take place this month.

A group of drug policy organizations wrote to Democratic congressional leaders in July and called for a vote to reform marijuana. 

“In the face of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and a growing national dialogue on unjust law enforcement practices, marijuana reform as a modest first step at chipping away at the War on Drugs is more relevant and more pressing than ever before,” the letter stated.

“The MORE Act is needed now more than ever before. It can help alleviate public health challenges caused by COVID-19 in jails and prisons by reducing the number of people who are incarcerated.”

Public Opinion

According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2019, 66% of adult Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Ironically enough, even the majority of Republicans (51%, mind you) voted for legalization.

One of the most well-accepted perks that legal marijuana has is its tax revenue. Colorado, who legalized marijuana for recreational adult use in 2012, has earned over $200 million in marijuana tax revenue so far this year.

Not only could this bill help many states generate extra revenue to be put back into the budget, but the money could help even more states recover from the economic chaos that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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