Updated: 11:13 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Dec. 5
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, H.R. 3884, to remove cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. It passed 228-164.
“We applaud the House of Representatives for passing meaningful legislation aimed at ending the federal prohibition on cannabis,” David Culver, vice president of U.S. government & stakeholder relations for Canopy Growth Corporation, told Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary. “The MORE Act, which effectively legalizes cannabis nationwide, will help spark a post-COVID economic recovery by creating millions of new jobs, and billions in new tax revenue annually when America needs it most.”
“A body of the U.S. Congress voting to legalize cannabis for the first time is an historic event that will be celebrated by long-time advocates, criminal justice reform proponents, patients, veterans, and the millions of Americans who continue to express their support for legalization at the ballot box,” added Patrick Martin, principal and director of the Midwest arm of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies in Chicago.
Screenshot of vote tallies as the vote was called Dec. 4
The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate, where Congress members expect it will not pass.
However, Charlie Bachtell, CEO and co-founder of multi-state cannabis operator Cresco Labs, said the symbolic significance of this bill passing the U.S. House is important to celebrate.
“I’m big on the incremental nature of how change occurs in this industry with this subject matter. You know, even if … this doesn’t get heard or let alone pass in the Senate, the fact that you have your second bill that’s cannabis related get approved by the House is fundamentally important. It is the incremental nature of change on cannabis. This is how it looks, this is how it happens,” Bachtell