The cannabis community made history last year as decades of hard work, combined with common sense paid off as the United States House of Representatives finally voted to end federal prohibition, passing the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. While the Mitch McConnell-led Senate never took a vote on the MORE Act, there’s a new sheriff in town and new Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pledged to bring a legalization bill to Senate floor. While we don’t know what can be passed in the Senate, it’s a good sign that the House has introduced a couple of legalization bills already. There will be plenty of debate around how to “legalize right” and the MORE Act, with several important provisions including resentencing of people jailed for cannabis offenses, investing in communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs, and stopping the denial of public benefits for utilizing cannabis, this piece of legislation is extremely crucial to our national conversation.
“The MORE Act was just reintroduced in the U.S. House. This groundbreaking bill would end the federal war on marijuana and repair the harms of prohibition, which has disproportionately harmed Black and Brown communities.
“Momentum for marijuana legalization centered in racial and social justice is growing rapidly in the states and among the public. It’s beyond time for the federal government to catch up.
“We made history when the House passed the MORE Act last year. Now we need your help to do it again: urge your Representative to pass the MORE Act immediately and advance marijuana justice.“
It is imperative that the MORE Act pass with as many votes as possible to continue building upon the momentum of last year. Step by step and state by state, we have achieved crucial victories that have reverberated into the halls of Congress. We are so close to sweeping Reefer Madness prohibition into the dustbin of history, but the final steps are going to be the most difficult. Drug War profiteers like Big Pharma and and the prison-industrial complex aren’t going to lose power and money without a fight. It’s up to us to force Congress and the President of the United States to reflect the will of the voters.