The U.S. Residence of Representatives will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level in 3 weeks, according to the Democrats’ most up-to-date legislative agenda, which confirmed earlier reports.
1st reported by Politico, Residence Majority Whip Jim Clyburn sent an e mail to members final week asking how quite a few lawmakers would assistance the Marijuana Chance, Reinvestment and Expungement (Far more) Act.
In the meantime, Residence Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed to Marijuana Moment that he is “pleased” to bring the Far more Act to the Residence floor this month.
“This legislation is an significant step to appropriate the disproportionate influence our criminal justice technique has had on communities of colour,” Hoyer mentioned of the planned vote, at the moment anticipated sometime right after September 21.
The Far more Act was introduced by Residence Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler final year and has due to the fact caught the interest of marijuana reform advocates. The bill would federally deschedule cannabis, at the moment classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, with a unique concentrate on social equity and minimizing the damages inflicted by the War on Drugs.
The Far more Act also proposes a five% tax on legal marijuana sales and the expungement of federal cannabis convictions. Amongst prominent supporters of the bill is the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, who is the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the Far more Act.
“In the face of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and a increasing national dialogue on unjust law enforcement practices, marijuana reform as a modest 1st step at chipping away at the War on Drugs is much more relevant and much more pressing than ever ahead of. The Far more Act remains the most helpful and equitable way forward,” The Marijuana Justice Coalition (MJC) wrote about the bill in July.
While the historic vote has been welcomed by quite a few reform advocates, the bill is not most likely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has dismissed calls for thinking about a marijuana legalization bill on various occasions.
Democrats would have to have to flip 3 seats in the Senate race this November in order to obtain manage of the chamber if Joe Biden wins the presidency. Need to Donald Trump safe re-election, Dems would have to have to flip 4 seats.
While polls predict a close race for the Senate, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey lately mentioned he expects Democrats to move promptly on federal marijuana legalization ought to they win.