By Angela Underwood
The day has finally come; the federal government is considering cutting cannabis from Schedule 1 classification.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE), which has been scheduled for a Congressional vote Wednesday morning.
If approved during the session, prohibition will change overnight. There will be no more need for state-by-state legalization with the feds finally giving Americans permission to smoke pot. Like Canada and Mexico, the U.S. can indulge safely in the drug without penalty like alcohol.
“It’s now time for us to remove the criminal prohibitions against marijuana at the federal level,” Nadler said in a press release. “That’s why I introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE), legislation which would assist communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of these laws.”
Lee said as the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, she is honored to “take this historic step” with her peers.
“I’m pleased that this critical bill includes key tenets from my own legislation to right the wrongs of the failed and racist War on Drugs by expunging criminal convictions, reinvesting in communities of color through restorative justice, and promoting equitable participation in the legal marijuana industry,” Lee said.
The timing of the MORE act could not be better since the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking (SAFE) Act now sits before the Senate. If in fact, both acts pass, America will have the ability to simultaneously declassify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug and be given permission for the industry to make federal financial transactions.
That’s two potentially huge hurdles toward the legalization of marijuana.
The possibilities for pot will be seemingly endless, and the New York Daily Weed Report looks forward to covering the historic measures about to be made.