Full chamber vote expected on Friday

US: Key House committee formally clears federal cannabis legalization bill

A key House committee on Wednesday formally advanced a bill to federally legalize cannabis to the floor, making in order a number of amendments and blocking others as part of a final rule. A full chamber vote is expected on Friday.

The House Rules Committee took up the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, discussing proposed revisions, mostly from GOP lawmakers seeking to insert additional restrictions into the reform measure.

The MORE Act, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, promote equity in the industry and impose a federal tax on cannabis products to fund various initiatives.

At the start of Wednesday’s hearing, Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) said that the legislation would “address our nation’s failed approach to the war on drugs” and “put racial justice at the heart of our nation’s federal cannabis policy.”

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