The House will be voting this month concerning the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and will deal with the criminality behind the drug.
Another Drug Bill in the Works
The bill will not be legalizing marijuana, however. It will seek to erase criminal records and will reduce legal penalties related to dope. House Majority Whip James Clyburn sent out an email saying that the vote will occur in September.
BREAKING: The U.S. House will vote on a bill to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
So that's historic.
Vote date TBD. pic.twitter.com/wTF0m2QZf6
— Natalie Fertig (@natsfert) August 28, 2020
Currently, marijuana is legal in 11 states and it is suspected that number will continue to grow.
Either chamber of Congress will vote to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act, the Hill reports.
Under the Controlled Substance Act, the drug is labeled as a Schedule l drug which indicates that there is a high chance for abuse while providing no medical benefits.
The House is Trying Hard to Further the Bill
If the House is successful in voting through the measure, it would remove the federal prohibition on cannabis all while leaving state laws making it illegal in the states that have not legalized the drug.
It would also remove criminal records and give grant funding to people who have faced negative consequences by enforced marijuana laws.
California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 1996. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational weed use. This brought both controversial outlooks mainly from the right and celebration from the left. Since then, many more states have followed suit and the Democratic House members seem eager to carry the trend further.
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Colorado governor at the time John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.”
House Passed but Senate Probably Will Kill the Measure
Initially, the bill was introduced last year by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler. The panel passed it by a 24-10 vote last November. The GOP Reps. In favor of the bill were Matt Gaetz and Tom McClintock.
It is speculated that it most likely will not pass the GOP controlled Senate.