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US: Federal cannabis legalization bill scheduled for house floor vote next week

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill to federally legalize cannabis for the second time in history next week, congressional leadership confirmed on Thursday.

The body will take up the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, a bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). An earlier version of the measure cleared the chamber last session but later stalled in what was then the Republican-controlled Senate.

The legislation, which would remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances and promote social equity in the industry, cleared the Judiciary Committee again this session, and activists have been pushing for a floor vote this month.

House leaders have officially placed the cannabis legislation on a list of bills they plan to take up on the House floor next week. The Rules Committee will officially take up the measure in a meeting on Monday afternoon to prepare it for floor action, including by determining which amendments will be allowed to advance for consideration.

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