Fundraising ahead of this week's legalization vote

US: "We have never been closer to ending federal prohibition of cannabis"

The House sponsor of a bill to federally legalize cannabis that is scheduled to be taken up for a floor vote in Congress for the second time in history this week has partnered with a recently established cannabis-focused political action committee to get out the word about the upcoming action and to raise campaign funds for the upcoming election.

The Better Organizing to Win Legalization (BOWL) PAC sent out the joint fundraising email on Friday authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). It calls attention to this week’s planned vote on his Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act and asks supporters to donate to both the PAC and the congressman’s campaign committee ahead of a filing deadline.

“As the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I am pleased to report that we have never been closer to ending the federal prohibition of cannabis than we are today,” Nadler wrote.

He touted the fact that the MORE Act was the first-ever congressional bill to end cannabis prohibition to clear the chamber in 2020. The Senate declined to take it up last session, however, so it was reintroduced and advanced through the chairman’s panel again in September. The House 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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