A lawmaker reintroduced a bill seeking to legalize marijuana across the United States with key changes that could score the approval of both houses of Congress, Marijuana Movement reported.
- Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Friday reintroduced the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) which removes cannabis from the list of controlled substances.
- The measure would erase records of cannabis convictions and establish federal taxes on marijuana.
- The updated MORE version removes provisions on preventing cannabis convicts from operating marijuana businesses. This was added last-minute in the previous version and was highly opposed.
- The new MORE also extends loans, financial literacy programs, and job training to disadvantaged people under the Small business Administration aid.
- Most of the key provisions in the prior bill were retained such as establishing a mechanism to resentence marijuana offenses, protect immigrants denied citizenship over its use, and prevent agencies from denying public benefits due to its use.
- The previous version was passed by the lower chamber in 2020, but failed to push through in the Senate which was then under control of the Republicans.
- With Democrats now running both chambers, the Senate is working on its own version of the measure set to be introduced “very soon.”