The MORE Act, a bill that would deschedule marijuana and thereby legalize it federally – with massive business implications – is scheduled to be considered by the full U.S. House of Representatives the week of Sept. 21, according to an email sent by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, discussed the plans in a Monday email providing colleagues an update on the House floor schedule for September. On Friday, House leaders signaled a September vote but details were uncertain.
The social justice-focused Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 already has 87 co-sponsors in the House and is expected to pass, said David Mangone, director of policy and government affairs for The Liaison Group, a Washington DC firm that lobbies for the National Cannabis Roundtable.
So far, only one co-sponsor is a Republican: Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who is one of President Donald Trump’s top allies in the House.