A key House committee on Thursday approved a bill to federally legalize marijuana and promote social equity.
The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act cleared the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), on a 26-15 vote.
Read Chairman @RepJerryNadler's opening statement for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act here: https://t.co/G8xEXdKk63 — House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) September 30, 2021.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said that “this is an important criminal justice reform bill, and I commend the chairman for once again introducing this bill and bringing it before the committee.
Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) voiced opposition to the proposal, calling it a “radical, out-of-touch Democrat priority” and a “marijuana stimulus bill.”.
We can’t say that marijuana enforcement was happening the same way on the corner than it was happening in the fraternity house,” he said.
Separately, a proposal to federally deschedule marijuana that does not include social equity components was filed by a pair of Republican congressmen in May. »