• January 22, 2021

US House Sets Historic Vote on Popular Plant Marijuana

 US House Sets Historic Vote on Popular Plant Marijuana

Legal Colorado Marijuana Grow. By Brett Levin Photography, via CC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to make history later this week when lawmakers make a historic vote on legislation to decriminalize marijuana.

When House lawmakers vote on the MORE Act Thursday or Friday, it will mark the first time either chamber of Congress has cast a historic vote to decriminalize marijuana since it was first criminalized back in 1937. 

Earlier this month Gallup documented a record 68% support for cannabis nationwide, even as marijuana proved more popular than politicians in the 2020 election. 

If the MORE Act passes the House — as is expected — it will make history twice this week by then becoming the first cannabis decriminalization bill to pass either chamber of Congress. 

It’s not expected to make history three times this week, which would be possible if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allowed it to advance in his chamber.

Matt Laslo

Based in Washington, Matt Laslo is a veteran political and music reporter. Since 2006, he’s been a contributor with VICE News, VICE News Tonight HBO, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, The Atlantic, NPR, etc. He’s taught journalism at Boston University (MA) and The University of Maryland (BA). And he teaches political communications at The Johns Hopkins University MA in Government and Public Policy program. He can be found on most all social media platforms as @MattLaslo.

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