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House of Representatives: Passes bill decriminalizing marijuana at federal level

House of Representatives: Passes bill decriminalizing marijuana at federal level

House of Representatives: Passes bill decriminalizing marijuana at federal level

 

The Vote

The House of Representatives has approved legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and seek to "address the devastating injustices caused by the War on Drugs." for the first time. It has little chance of passing the Republican-led Senate;


What does it mean?

The "More act" would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminate criminal penalties for individuals who manufacture, distribute or possess marijuana. It also includes creating a process to remove prior convictions, known as expungement, and conduct sentencing review hearings for federal cannabis offenses.

What it means for the economy?

The measure would also authorize a 5% sales tax on marijuana products to invest in services such as job training, legal aid and substance abuse treatment for individuals adversely impacted by the war on drugs. The tax revenue would also provide funds for small businesses loans and allow access to marijuana licensing and employment for economically disadvantaged individuals.

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