Historic Vote On Cannabis Bill Next Month

Historic Vote On Cannabis Bill Next Month

Next month, the house will vote on legislation to remove cannabis from the list of the Controlled Substances Act and also expunge some marijuana criminal records.

The vote is a historic step in the effort to reduce legal penalties related to cannabis. The bill would not completely legalize marijuana nationwide, that decision would still be left up to each individual state.

The vote will take place in September.

Currently, cannabis is legal in 11 out of the 50 U.S. states.

This vote is the first time the Chamber of Congress is voting to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

Marijuana is currently included on the list as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Other substances included as a Schedule 1 drugs are heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.

Removing cannabis would mean that it is no longer federally prohibited, but would leave it up to the state laws making it illegal.

The bill would also remove cannabis criminal records and provide funding for those negatively impacted by cannabis laws.

Unfortunately, people are doubting if the bill will pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

The vote comes at a time when America is reckoning over systematic racism, with advocates demanding change for disproportionate law enforcement against African Americans. This includes the amount of African Americans who were charged with cannabis misdemeanors and felonies, as compared to Caucasian Americans.


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