It was the MORE Act, a similarly comprehensive piece of legislation first introduced in 2019. The U.S. House has approved this bill before, but it’s still heartening to see it progress once again through the committee process.
“By advancing the MORE Act, the House will demonstrate that the majority of our political leaders are ready to correct this injustice and enact cannabis policy reform that undoes the harms that have been inflicted upon millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in a public statement.
Indeed. This is more than mere symbolism, but the symbolism is still important. That idea that the House “will demonstrate” the political inclinations of the people is vital to the ongoing rush of progress our industry has seen in recent years.
It’s not a done deal by any means, and it’s far from a unanimous rallying cry for a federally legal cannabis industry. Support for legalization among the U.S. electorate is up—way up—but the rest of the story has yet to be told. This week’s major MORE Act vote is just one more step forward.
We’ve rounded up some of the key cannabis headlines from the week right here.
With a 26-15 vote, the House Judiciary Committee passed the MORE Act Thursday evening, giving a major boost to the comprehensive cannabis reform legislation first introduced in 2019. Read more