A historic vote on a bill to end the federal prohibition of cannabis is scheduled to take place next week, two sources with knowledge about the bill have said. The legislation would federally legalize marijuana in the Unites States.
The legislation is sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The vote would set aside funding to start fixing the damage of the war on drugs, which has been unfairly waged agains communities of color specifically. The vote would also remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
There are plans for programs that would offer job training and legal help for those impacted by prohibition enforcement, loans for small marijuana businesses owned an operated by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and efforts to minimize barriers to licensing and employment in the legal industry. The programs would be funded by a new federal five percent tax on cannabis sales established under the bill, and some of them would be administered by a new Cannabis Justice Office in the Department of Justice.
The proposal, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, would also provide for resentencing and expungement of records for people previously convicted of marijuana related offenses and would protect immigrants from being denied citizenship status over marijuana.
The bill currently has 55 cosponsors, 54 of whom are democrats.
More information about the legislation is expected to be announced later today.
What are your thoughts on the vote to federally legalize marijuana? The Unites States has come so far within the past few years, with many people leaning to one side. Do you think federally legalizing marijuana is a step in the right direction? Leave a comment with your thoughts below!