Washington, DC: Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday introduced comprehensive legislation (The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act) to end federal marijuana criminalization.
The Act removes the marijuana plant from the federal Controlled Substances Act, requires the federal courts to expunge prior marijuana-related convictions, and provides grants to communities which have been disproportionately impacted by the drug war, among other changes.
"The MORE Act is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced in the US Congress and is backed by a broad coalition of civil rights, criminal justice, drug policy, and immigration groups," said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal, who assisted Chairman Nadler's office in drafting the bill. "It embodies the need to legalize cannabis and restore the rights of those who have suffered under the cruel and failed policy of criminalization."
Added NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri: "By passing the MORE Act, Congress can begin to remedy the pain caused by the criminalization of marijuana. This bill provides a real federal solution by fully descheduling of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and providing relief to those suffering under the collateral consequences of having a marijuana charge on their record by facilitating the process of expungements. The American public is overwhelmingly ready to legalize marijuana, their elected officials in Washington need to finally start representing the will of the people and advance this sensible legislation."
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit NORML's Take Action Center.