The U.S. Home of Representatives will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level in 3 weeks, according to the Democrats’ most current legislative agenda, which confirmed earlier reports.
1st reported by Politico, Home Majority Whip Jim Clyburn sent an e mail to members final week asking how a lot of lawmakers would help the Marijuana Chance, Reinvestment and Expungement (Far more) Act.
In the meantime, Home Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed to Marijuana Moment that he is “pleased” to bring the Far more Act to the Home floor this month.
“This legislation is an significant step to appropriate the disproportionate effect our criminal justice technique has had on communities of colour,” Hoyer stated of the planned vote, presently anticipated sometime just after September 21.
The Far more Act was introduced by Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler final year and has due to the fact caught the focus of marijuana reform advocates. The bill would federally deschedule cannabis, presently classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, with a distinct concentrate on social equity and decreasing the damages inflicted by the War on Drugs.
The Far more Act also proposes a five% tax on legal marijuana sales and the expungement of federal cannabis convictions. Amongst prominent supporters of the bill is the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, who is the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the Far more Act.
“In the face of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and a expanding national dialogue on unjust law enforcement practices, marijuana reform as a modest very first step at chipping away at the War on Drugs is extra relevant and extra pressing than ever just before. The Far more Act remains the most productive and equitable way forward,” The Marijuana Justice Coalition (MJC) wrote about the bill in July.
Though the historic vote has been welcomed by a lot of reform advocates, the bill is not probably to pass the Republican-controlled Senate as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has dismissed calls for thinking of a marijuana legalization bill on quite a few occasions.
Democrats would require to flip 3 seats in the Senate race this November in order to obtain handle of the chamber if Joe Biden wins the presidency. Ought to Donald Trump safe re-election, Dems would require to flip 4 seats.
Though polls predict a close race for the Senate, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey not too long ago stated he expects Democrats to move swiftly on federal marijuana legalization really should they win.