House passes More Act to federally legalize cannabis

House passes More Act to federally legalize cannabis

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Maijuana Moment is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the MORE Act, a bill that would end the federal prohibition on cannabis by removing it from the list of banned controlled substances. This is the second time the bill passed the House; however, it still has to face the Senate.

The bill will eliminate criminal penalties for anyone who manufactures, distributes, or possesses the substance. It will also prevent federal agencies from denying federal workers security clearances for cannabis use. According to Forbes, The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act was introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York. It passed the House 220 “yea” votes to 204 “nay” votes.

Reports also show that the MORE Act will allow the Veterans’ Administration to recommend medical marijuana to veterans living with several issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Forbes also reported that ‘cannabis is legal for adult use in 19 states and for medical use in 36 states. This bill would end the federal ban, but leave legalization up to the states. The legal industry generated $25 billion in sales last year, a 43% increase over 2020, and is expected to hit $65 billion in 2030.’

Source: Marijuana Moment & Forbes