House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill To Federally Legalize Marijuana
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, according to The Hill.
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019, which passed 24-10, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and effectively legalize the drug across the entire country.
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced the bill and said the measure has more than 50 co-sponsors in the House.
Along with legalizing marijuana, the MORE Act would require that past federal cannabis convictions be expunged and “establish the Cannabis Justice Office, an organization that would introduce a 5 percent tax on state-legal cannabis sales, among other things,” The Hill reported.
The Wednesday vote marks the first time that legalization of marijuana has passed a congressional committee.