And this: “The bill would also establish the Cannabis Justice Office, an organization that would introduce a 5 percent tax on state-legal cannabis sales, among other things.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the committee, introduced the bill, which has gathered more than 50 co-sponsors in the House.
Lemon Tree strain marijuana plants in a grow room in San Jose, California. The U.S. House of Representatives has advanced a national decriminalization bill.
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They include Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat of Hawaii.
“I’ve long been a champion for ending the federal marijuana prohibition, and today’s vote on the MORE Act is a crucial step forward toward ending our failed marijuana policy which has ruined people’s lives and strained our criminal justice system,” Gabbard said in a press release Wednesday.
“Wednesday’s vote marks the first time that a congressional committee has voted in approval of the legalization of marijuana,” said The Hill.
Hawaii this year approved replacing criminal penalties for possessing 3 grams or less of marijuana with a $130 fine. The new law also allows those charged with possession to have their records expunged if the charge wasn’t related to other crimes.
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