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The US House Voted to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and replace it with cannabis.

The bill was delivered to the US Senate with a 220-204 vote. Another name for the bill is the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or, in brief, the “MORE Act.”

Apart from decriminalization, the bill sets a trust fund for individuals and businesses affected by drug addiction. The services cover job training, literacy programs, special support for youth, etc. The “MORE Act” also establishes a tax on products and the related facilities to support the fund.

The New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler, the author of the bill, shared that the document “is long overdue legislation that would reverse decades of failed federal policies based on the criminalization of marijuana… For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of as a matter of personal choice and public health.”

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Article by Yevheniia Savchenko

Yevheniia Savchenko is a Legal Writer at Lawrina. Yevheniia browses through the most interesting and relevant news in the legal and legaltech world and collects them on Lawrina’s blog. Also, Yevheniia composes various how-to guides on legaltech, plus writes product articles and release notes for Loio, AI-powered contract review and drafting software.

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