CBD News Aggregator – “Times have changed. Marijuana should not be a crime,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said last year when she and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act). The current Democratic vice-presidential nominee called the legalization of marijuana an important step “toward racial and economic justice.”
“We need to start regulating marijuana and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives,” said Harris.
“Racially motivated enforcement of marijuana laws has disproportionally impacted communities of color. It’s past time to right this wrong nationwide and work to view marijuana use as an issue of personal choice and public health, not criminal behavior,” added Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis and several states allow its recreational use. If it became law, the MORE Act would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by removing it as a Schedule I controlled substance.