The United states house of representatives has voted to legalize the use of Marijuana at the federal level. The bill would remove it from the federal drug scheduling system, the basis for much of federal drug policy, and eliminates criminal penalties for anyone who possesses, distributes, or produces it.
The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act would remove records for people with prior federal marijuana convictions. It would also impose a tax on drug products, which would fund new programs intended to support “individuals and businesses in communities impacted by the war on drugs.”
The bill would also take numerous steps to reverse the collateral damage of cannabis prohibition: It would open up federal loans to the businesses, ban federal officials from denying public benefits to people with previous convictions, and prohibit the denial of US citizenship based on cannabis-related events, among other changes.
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