With the end of 2020, House Democrats are going through regulatory successes of the 116th Congress. They are counting a vote to authorize cannabis as among their major civil rights accomplishments.
Early December, the House passed the MORE (Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement) Act. This measure would federally legalize marijuana and foster restorative justice for people most affected by the fight on drugs. Activists have widely heralded it as a major step forward in the cannabis sector.
According to the House Majority Leader (Hoyer Steny), the United States experienced a season of racial reckoning in 2020 instigated by injustice and its citizens strongly pushed for a systematic change. Hoyer added that House Democrats won’t stop taking stands and fighting to safeguard every American’s civil rights.
The document entails the MORE Act together with regulations such as Voting Rights Advancement Act, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Emmet Till Antilynching Act, an effort to dissolve the deadline for Equal Rights Amendment ratification and a reform to award statehood to the Columbia District.
When the George-inspired policing bill was tabled for a House vote, multiple legislators claimed that authorizing cannabis should have been featured in that regulation. Months later, the department accepted marijuana authorization in its independent reform.
Hoyer’s office asserted that House Democrats have approved legislation for the public and delivered their promises during the 116th Congress. He pointed out that House Democrats accented legislation seconded by a vast majority of Americans. These legislations include a comprehensive state reform package, voting rights regulation, bills to tackle climate change, reforms to increase wages and so on.
The House-approved cannabis reform hasn’t been absorbed by the GOP-managed Senate and might be revisited during the upcoming Congress. Activists have also identified problematic languages that permit administrators to reject necessary marijuana business licenses over previous marijuana convictions. They hope the regulation will be eradicated when that occurs.