The US House of Reprentatives Votes to Federally Decriminalize Marijuana

The US House of Reprentatives voted on Friday for the first time in congressional history to decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, months after pulling the bill amid worries that it could cause some lawmakers to lose races in November

The US House of Reprentatives voted on Friday for the first time in congressional history to decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, months after pulling the bill amid worries that it could cause some lawmakers to lose races in November

The vote passed 228-164, mostly down party lines, with only five Republican lawmakers voting in favor of the measure, and only sex Democrat lawmakers voting against.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry stressed that 36 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis while 15 states and the District of Colombia have legalized cannabis for recreational use, even when the federal government continues to criminalize it.

Nadler said that the legislation “would reverse the failed policy of criminalizing marijuana on the federal level and would take steps to address the heavy toll this policy has taken across the country, particularly on communities of color.”

During a debate on the bill, Nadler also said that “For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of as a matter of personal choice and public health. Whatever one’s views are on the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal use, the policy of arrests, prosecution, and incarceration at the Federal level has proven unwise and unjust.”


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