There has been a lot of big news surrounding the legalization of weed. Earlier this year, we saw 68% of New Jersey residents vote in favor of legalizing weed. New Jersey is not the only state hoping to legalize weed in the near future. In fact, changes are being made on a national level. Some members of Congress believe that now is the time to act when it comes to legalization. The U.S. House will be debating the MORE Act, which stands for Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. To learn more about the Act and the changes it would make, read on.
What Would the MORE Act Do?
- Decriminalize marijuana: currently, marijuana is a schedule 1 drug. Passing this Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
- Require federal courts to expunge prior convictions.
- Authorize the assessment of a sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products. This would benefit communities that have been heavily impacted by the War on Drugs.
- Open Small Business Administration funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses and service providers.
- Provide non-discrimination protections for marijuana use or possession, and for prior convictions for a marijuana offense.
- Require the Bureau of Labor Statistics to collect data on the demographics of the industry.
In addition to the above, passing the law would allow for more research regarding the benefits of medical marijuana use.
If the Act were to be passed, this would be the first-ever Congressional vote to remove the federal ban on marijuana.
While the country is clearly moving in the direction of legalization, no laws have been changed or passed. As a result, the current laws regarding marijuana must continue to be followed.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a marijuana-related offense, contact our skilled criminal defense attorneys today. Additionally, if you have any questions about how New Jersey’s vote to legalize marijuana may impact you, do not hesitate to reach out.
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