A pending bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level is gaining bipartisan support as a vote on the measure scheduled in the House of Representatives next week approaches. Under the bill, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, cannabis would be removed from the federal Controlled Substances Act, allowing the states to set their own marijuana policy.
“Momentum continues to build towards a successful vote in the House,” said Justin Strekal, the political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), in a press release. “The American public will look favorably upon the bipartisan majority that would vote to pass the MORE Act.”
The bill (H.R. 3884) was introduced in the House in July 2019 by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s version of The MORE Act (S. 2227) is sponsored by California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president.
In late August, House Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina wrote in a statement that during the week of September 21, “the House will take up Chairman Nadler’s MORE Act to help restore justice to