FILE IMAGE - A detailed view of cannabis flowers displayed on a rolling tray in the green room at Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary on April 22, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - The U.S.
House of Representatives is poised to pass legislation on Friday to legalize marijuana nationwide. The bill, titled the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, would essentially remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act list and decriminalize it.Marijuana is currently a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it is labeled as having a high potential for abuse and currently has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, on par with heroin and LSD.The final rule for the process to consider the MORE Act was approved by the House Rules Committee last Wednesday.
This followed a nearly 500-page report on what the legislation would accomplish. The Committee on the Judiciary wrote that the bill would decriminalize cannabis, provide for reinvestment in certain people and communities negatively impacted by the war on drugs, and provide for expungement of certain cannabis offenses.
The bill is likely to pass along party lines — with most democrats expected to approve it and most Republicans expected to oppose the bill. "In my view, criminal penalties for marijuana offenses, and the resulting collateral consequences, are unjust and harmful to our society.