House Judiciary Committee approves landmark marijuana legalization bill

The vote marks the first time that a congressional committee has voted in approval of the legalization of marijuana
The Hill (US)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would effectively make marijuana legal. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 passed by a count of 24-10. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the committee, introduced the bill and has gathered more than 50 co-sponsors of the bill in the House. Under the MORE Act, weed would be removed from the Controlled Substances Act, federally legalizing cannabis across the country. Past federal cannabis convictions would be required to be expunged. The bill would establish the Cannabis Justice Office, that would introduce a 5 percent tax on state-legal cannabis sales, among other things. (See also: Marijuana legalization bill approved by congressional committee in historic vote)