Friday, 4th December 2020 will undoubtedly remain a day in the history of marijuana legalization in the US. It is the day that the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill to approve federal marijuana legalization in the US.
For some time now, cannabis has been slowly turning out to be a bi-partisan debate. However, days after the bill was presented to the floor of the house by Democrats, some Republicans opposed it criticizing it for even getting this far. From the final vote, 228 voted for it, while 164 voted otherwise. Of these votes, five Republicans were for it while six Democrats were against its passing.
There will be many events happening if the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act becomes law. Under the Act, marijuana will be rescheduled federally. Currently, marijuana falls under Schedule 1 controlled substances, the same as heroin and ecstasy. What’s even more, the MORE Act frees past marijuana convicts retrospectively.
However, the colossal win in Congress will be tested once the Act goes in the Senate dominated by Republicans of the current government. Note that the current Congress will last for the next month before the next one after last month’s elections.
Vice president-elect Kamala Hariss is sponsoring the Senate version of the MORE Act.
Before the vote, Democrats argued that the bill offers justice and reforms the racially driven war on drugs. On the other hand, Republicans believed that legal marijuana poses a threat to the younger generations. Also, they presented an argument right now not being the best time to discuss federal cannabis legalization.
The victory in the house of representatives comes in the same week that the UN voted to reclassify cannabis as a lesser harmful narcotic.