House to vote on removal of cannabis from list of controlled substances

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The House will vote next month on legislation to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and clear some marijuana criminal records.The bill would not legalize drugs, which would be left to states, but the vote will remain a historic milestone in the effort to reduce legal penalties related to drugs. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (DS.C.) told members in an email that the vote will take place during the September working period.

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Marijuana is already legal in 11 states.

The vote would be the first taken by either house of Congress to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

Cannabis is currently listed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which means there is a high risk of abuse and no medical benefit. Removing it under the law would remove the federal drug ban, but leave in place state laws making it illegal.

It would also clear criminal records and provide grants to people who have been negatively affected by the enforcement of marijuana laws.

The bill was first introduced by the Speaker of the House Judiciary Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler Trump’s victory could oust Nancy Pelosi as president of The Hill’s Convention Report: Mike and Karen Pence set to cover the third night of the convention Jon Voight tells the intro of the Trump convention PLUS (DN.Y.) last fall and passed the panel by a 24-10 vote in November. He passed the committee with the votes of the representatives of the GOP. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) Gaetz The Hill 12:30 PM Report: Sights and Sounds of the GOP Convention Night 1 Gaetz uses convention speech to criticize Biden for lack of activity Charlie Kirk gets first GOP convention speech , calls Trump the “bodyguard of Western civilization” MORE (Florida) and Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockHouse votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Cook Moves 20 House Districts to Democrats Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers MORE (California). Passing the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely.

The vote comes amid a nationwide toll on systemic racism and police brutality, with racial justice advocates noting the disproportionate application of marijuana laws against people of color.



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