The More Act
by Caty Tidwell
The War on Drugs, which President Nixon announced back in June of 1971, has come under considerable scrutiny as of late. The vast majority of citizens feel that, as a whole, we have been waging war against the common man, and it’s a battle none can win. The fact of the matter is, prohibition never works. We’ve seen this throughout history. So when the House Judiciary Committee approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, we saw modern history being made. It marked the first time a congressional committee has approved a marijuana legalization bill.
But what does the MORE Act do?
The MORE Act would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level and remove it from the list of federally controlled substances. Considering medicinal marijuana is legal in 33 states and recreational use legal in 11, most agree that this legislation, which would allow states to set their own policies, is long overdue. Beyond giving states the power to rule as they see fit regarding cannabis, the bill would also require federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions while also giving states incentives to expunge the criminal records of those with marijuana offenses. Several proposals for more research on the demographic characteristics of people convicted of federal marijuana offenses, as well as the racial disparities in prohibition enforcement for communities targeted by the War on Drugs, were put forth and approved during this hearing.
Not only is the MORE Act set to correct some of these injustices, but it will also provide funding for community programs to help those who have been negatively impacted by imposing a 5% tax on all marijuana products…