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Marijuana Might Become Legal In The Entire US Next Month

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Marijuana is only legal in 11 American states, but if the House vote bears expected results next month, Marijuana legalization might expand across the entire US. The House of Representatives is primed to decide about Marijuana legalization through a vote next month. The referendum will be held on the federal level and this has been confirmed by Majority Whip James Clyburn during his announcement on Friday.

In the US, 11 states have already legalized marijuana within their borders. But to push for nationwide legalization, individual states would have to participate affirmatively in the voting. If voted overwhelmingly, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would take marijuana off the list of illegal substances in the Controlled Substances Act. This marks the first instance where the Congress would collectively vote on taking Marijuana off the controlled substances act.

There is more actually, If MORE is approved by the Congress, those with criminal records for the possession and distribution of marijuana would be relieved off their charges. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, there have been around 8.2 million arrests in cases linked to Marijuana in the US only between 2001-2010.

MORE is reportedly an empowering act for communities of color who have long suffered discrimination due to the criminalization of marijuana. The majority of the convicts in marijuana cases were Black or Latinx, and the communities were subject to particular police brutality for their involvement in the cases. Republican voters are generally against marijuana, but it’s still expected that the act would make the cut.