Provisions legalizing marijuana possession, use, and personal cultivation take immediate effect.
House Leadership today posted notice for Congressional consideration of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which ends the federal prohibition of cannabis. The MORE Act is scheduled for a floor vote next week.
At NORML, as we gather around the table today, we’re thankful for legalizing marijuana in four more states, but most importantly, we’re thankful for you: our supporters.
“Fairness demands that we suspend prosecution of marijuana possession-related cases while we await direction from the Legislature on the parameters for decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of regulated adult-use cannabis.”
State officials approved procedures in 2019 permitting those with low-level marijuana possession convictions to seek unconditional pardons.
Of the 15 states that have now enacted adult-use legalization, 13 have done so by voter initiative. Many states, however, do not offer a citizens’ initiative option — meaning that the only way to enact substantive marijuana reform is through the legislative process.
“Whether or not one supports marijuana legalization, Americans should be outraged at these overtly undemocratic tactics.”
“Adolescent treatment admissions for marijuana declined in most of states. The mean annual admissions rate for all states declined over the study period by nearly half.”