• June 20, 2021
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  • House reintroduces bill to decriminalize cannabis, create social equity programs

    “The whole intention and vision behind this bill is that it would repair past harms of drug prohibition,” said Maritza Perez, the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs director.

    After voting overwhelmingly last year to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, congressional leaders reintroduced a bill Friday to strike marijuana from the list of controlled substances and invest in communities disproportionately affected by the so-called drug war.

    The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021, also known as the MORE Act, would also eliminate criminal penalties, clear criminal records and create social equity programs focused on repairing damage to individuals and communities impacted by decades of prohibition.

    The bill was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

    “Since I introduced the MORE Act last Congress, numerous states across the nation, including my home state of New York, have moved to legalize marijuana,” Nadler said in a statement. “Our federal laws must keep up with this pace.”


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