This December, the U.S. House will vote on the MORE act, the act that could decriminalize cannabis and revise its status as a controlled substance.
The MORE Act stands for Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement. A letter released November 9 by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer laid out that the plan was to look at this bill in December during the lame-duck session. The vote was initially postponed, as it was going to happen in September.
“The House will vote on the MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis and expunge convictions for non-violent cannabis offenses that have prevented many Americans from getting jobs, applying for credit and loans, and accessing opportunities that make it possible to get ahead in our economy,” the letter explains.
The Act passed the House Judiciary Committee in November of last year. Now, a year later, if this vote does manage to pass, this could be a major first step towards legalization.
“Big public policy changes often come after years of hard work,” said Patrick G. Martin, principal and director for law firm Cozen O’Connor. “The MORE Act passing the U.S. House of Representatives would represent a major landmark moment for advocates of cannabis legalization, but the