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‘Monumental’ day for cannabis in U.S. Congress; House Committee votes to make marijuana federally legal

Industry News Brooklin Martino

In an article published by The Philadelphia Inquirer, author Sam Wood, highlights the accomplishment of a congressional committee voting to end federal prohibitions on cannabis. With a vote of 24-10, the House Judiciary Committee was able to advance a bill that could make the consumption of marijuana legal. 

Removing cannabis from the Controlled Substance Act is supported by the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019, also supported by bipartisan and 55 other cosponsors. 

The act would also include the removal of federal cannabis convictions from million of criminal records across the country. 

Americans have increasingly become more open to the legalization of marijuana, in fact, the share of U.S. adults who are against legalization has fallen from 52% in 2010 to 32% present day. 

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean firmly believes that there is enough support in the legislation to appeal in front of the Senate Republicans.

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act also creates a structure that prevents the federal government from intruding in state cannabis laws. 

John Boehner, a former Republican House Speaker and opponent of the legalization of marijuana, now has one of the highest/top-growing cannabis companies in the world. Boehner also offers online seminars talking about how to get rich by investing in weed stocks as well. 

A few local cosponsors are in favor of the bill that would allow adults to grow cannabis in their own homes. 

The revenue earned under the MORE Act is being set aside to fund the training and education programs for the communities that have experienced the burden of the War on Drugs, with a portion of it going towards substance-abuse treatments. 

The bill was presented by the U.S. Rep Jarrold Nadler and presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in July of this year. 

If leaders are confident enough and have enough support behind the bill, it could go to the House floor for a vote next year and if passed then referred to the Senate. 

The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Act and the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act are also pushing their way through Congress. 

The SAFE Act would allow banks to consult in business with the cannabis industry. 

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Author Brooklin Martino

 

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