James Clyburn, Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced this week that the House will be voting on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act) in September 2020.
“During the September work period, the House is expected to consider H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act),” Clyburn tweeted. “The MORE Act decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. This would allow state law to determine the status of marijuana legality for each state.”
“The bill also requires federal courts to expunge prior marijuana-related convictions and arrests and authorizes the assessment of a 5% sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products to create an Opportunity Trust Fund,” Clyburn stated.
The fund would include grant programs to support individuals who have been adversely affected by the War on Drugs, provide assistance to disadvantaged small business owners, and minimize barriers to marijuana-related licensing and employment.