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US House passes bill to end federal marijuana prohibition

Historic bill reflects changing attitudes of nation but is unlikely to move forward in upper chamber

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New YorkFriday 04 December 2020 19:49 comments

<p>This image from House Television shows the final vote, 228-164, in the House on passage of a bill to decriminalise and tax marijuana at the federal level</p>
This image from House Television shows the final vote, 228-164, in the House on passage of a bill to decriminalise and tax marijuana at the federal level(AP)

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The US House of Representatives has pass

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a landmark bill voting to remove marijuana

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 from the federal list of controlled substances.

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It is the first time either chamber of Congress 

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has vote on the possibility of national

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decriminalisation of the drug.

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The 228-164 vote in favour of the Marijuana

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Act (MORE Act) stands little chance of passing

the Republican-led Senate, but reflects a

national swing in opinion away from criminalising

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those that manufacture, distribute, or possess marijuana.

While the vote was mostly along

party lines, changing attitudes saw four more

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states opt to liberalise their laws on marijuana

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in the November election, including three won

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by Donald Trump.

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Democratic and Independent voters are

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overwhelmingly in favour, with Republicans

split almost equally on the topic.

The bill seeks to attempt to address some of the

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impact of the war on drugs by expunging federal

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marijuana convictions dating back to 1971, and

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establishing a five per cent tax on marijuana products

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to fund programs for those adverse

effect by penalisation.

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“It is the right thing to do,” said bill co-sponsor Earl

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Blumenauer of Oregon, co-chair of the Congressional

Cannabis Caucus, before the vote. “For too long,

the war on drugs has targeted young people,

especially Black people, and rejected the advice of experts.”

A small minority of Republicans join

the yes votes, saying that the party must adapt.

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“The federal government has lied to the people

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of this country about marijuana,” said representative

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Matt Gaetz of Florida. “My Republican colleagues

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today will make a number of arguments against

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losing with the American people.”

Opposition to changing marijuana laws is not the

only hurdle the bill faced. Senior Republicans also

see the legislation as frivolous during the current

session’s attempts to pass a new round of coronavirus

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However, others argue that aligning

state and federal laws that currently contradict

each other is worth addressing, and legalisation

is in line with being pro-business and

anti-regulation.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

has voiced his form opposition to legalisation,

and so there is little hope of the bill moving forward.

If January’s Georgia runoff elections shift

control of the Senate to the Democrats, there

may be room for compromise on future legislation.

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