U.S. House Votes To Federally Decriminalize Marijuana
Do you hear that?
That's the sound of all the weedheads in the state of Texas and nationwide screaming for joy as history has been made.
Friday afternoon, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level.
ABC NEWS reports the bill was passed overwhelmingly 228-164, with 5 republicans voting in favor and 6 democrats voting against the measure.
According to the report, 36 states and the District Of Columbia have all legalized marijuana for medicinal use, while 15 other states have legalized recreational marijuana use.
Of course, Republicans argued that cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to the usage of other drugs, while Democrats explained that arrest and incarceration at the federal level for marijuana is unjust.
What I think is also key about the MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act) is that it would also mandate a reassessment of marijuana convictions and sentences.
Section 10 of the legislation, titled 'Resentencing and Expungement', calls for all federal districts to conduct comprehensive reviews and order the expungement of each conviction or adjudication juvenile delinquency for a federal cannabis offense entered into their courts going as far back as May 1, 1971.Take a look at the full language of the bill here.
Now the next hurdle is to get the U.S. Senate to approve the bill. This may be the major roadblock, as it is majority Republican.
With the new administration taking over in January and a run-off in Georgia, this may become a reality.
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