Cannabis reform is as close as it's ever been!

November 21, 2019

Yesterday was a culminating moment in our fight for cannabis reform. The Judiciary Committee passed the most comprehensive cannabis legislation to date by a bipartisan vote of 24-10 and is now headed to the House floor. This is the closest we have gotten to decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level. 

The MORE Act would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level by removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act. It would require federal courts to expunge prior convictions, allow prior offenders to request expungement, and require courts to conduct re-sentencing hearings for those still under supervision. It also would authorize the assessment of a 5% sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products to create an Opportunity Trust Fund, which would fund grant programs for people of color to be included in this growing industry.
We cannot settle for incremental change. We need our cannabis policies to reflect our values. We must commit to restorative justice and to opening up economic opportunities for people of color—who in millions of cases over decades have bared the brunt of unequal application of our nation’s nonsensical cannabis policies.

We're fighting for equity. We’re fighting for justice. We’re fighting for opportunity. 

I’ve been working on this issue I think longer than any politician in America and I am proud of the work we’ve done. A year ago, we developed a blueprint for this Congress to deal with cannabis reform, and we're right on track.

We have seen more progress in the last 40 months than we have in the last 40 years, and we must capitalize on this momentum. The movement is cresting, and if we all do our part, this can be the Congress that ends the failed prohibition of cannabis