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Legalize It

U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer recently said, “The House will vote on the MORE Act” in December. The MORE Act, also called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, decriminalizes marijuana. Specifically, it removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes or possesses marijuana.

The bill also covers:

  • Replaces statutory references to marijuana and marihuana with cannabis
  • Requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees
  • Makes Small Business Administration loans and services available to entities that are cannabis-related legitimate businesses or service providers
  • Prohibits the denial of federal public benefits to a person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions
  • Prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under immigration laws on the basis of a cannabis-related event (e.g., conduct or a conviction)
  • Establishes a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses

Tell your members of Congress to sign on as a cosponsor and vote for this monumental legislation: norml.org 

Scott Weldon
Director
Lowcountry National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)