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The MORE Act of 2020

by Lacey Stewart

In the United States, more and more states have begun to legalize marijuana for not only medicinal use but for recreational use as well.[i] That being said, there has been pressure put upon Congress to take action federally.[ii] The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would end the federal ban on marijuana. The bill is referred to as The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2020 or the MORE Act of 2020.[iii] This bill essentially decriminalizes marijuana on the federal level. Explicitly, it removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana, and takes several other major steps towards criminal justice reform, social justice, and economic development. The bill gathered support from both sides and passed with a 228-164 vote in the House on December 4th, 2020. However, the bill still has to pass in the Senate, which seems to be not as likely as marijuana advocates had hoped. If the bill is not passed in the Senate by January 3, it must be reintroduced.[iv]