A plethora of Republican Congress members are slamming House Democrats regarding this week’s scheduled vote on the bill to authorize cannabis use. They have dismissed the importance of the initiative citing that the timing is inappropriate.
Most folks against the vote have said that the House should refrain from any action on the MORE (Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement) Act until additional Covid19 relief elapses.
This seemingly structured communication from GOP members is nothing new. The minority party representatives had similar criticism when House Democrats gave their stand on supporting the MORE Act come December.
In September, the move to accent the bill was called off due to the pushback from particular centrist Democrats. They thought it wasn’t the right time to advance the cannabis reform, especially before taking action on the coronavirus second relief bill. Remember, most lawmakers lost their seats during the same Election Day since voters from reserved states accented the cannabis legalization ballot measures, questioning their critical thinking on cannabis politics.
Despite the back and forth, House Democrats accented covid-19 legislation on different occasions. It included reforms to cushion banks that protect state-legal cannabis businesses from federal regulation penalties. Republicans also criticized this move, pointing out that it was extraneous.
Cannabis legalization activities expressed disappointment over the move to delay the originally scheduled vote on the MORE Act. However, the leadership has guaranteed that the bill will be presented before the year ends. Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, announced in November that the bill will be tabled in December and was included in today’s schedule.
On Wednesday, the House Rules Committee will go through the MORE Act before scheduling it for Floor action.
The working team will identify the submitted amendments to be made prior to the floor action, which may be available as soon as tomorrow. The most significant proposed reform in a leadership’s filed amendment is the bill’s tax structure.