Landmark bill legalizing marijuana at the federal level passes House committee


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November 20, 2019, 4:22 PM PST


The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that could decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, giving states more room to craft unique regulations.


The “Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019” — also called the MORE Act could officially remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, expunge federal marijuana convictions and arrests, and approve allocation of resources for communities affected by the war on drugs, according to the bill’s text.


The legislation, introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and co-sponsored by more than 50 lawmakers, passed 24-10 in the committee on Wednesday.


It would also establish an organization — called the Cannabis Justice Office — to introduce a 5% sales tax on cannabis sales in states where it remains legal, according to the bill.

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