House Will Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to take up a historic marijuana decriminalization bill this month. The bill – called the MORE Act – would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, and explicitly allow states to decide how to handle the substance within their borders.
Currently, marijuana is legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Seven states will vote on ballot measures either legalizing the substance or making it available for medical use.
Nationally, 66 percent of Americans say they support legalization, with the strongest support coming from Democrats and those aged 65 and younger. Independents (68 percent) and Republicans (51 percent) also back the idea.
While the House may find the votes to pass the MORE Act, the Senate is highly unlikely to address it. According to reports, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell – who supported legalized cultivation of the hemp plant, a marijuana relative – is opposed to any change in federal marijuana laws.