House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Written by on April 4, 2022

House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist

 

Opinion: I think it should be legalized and taxed. It can become a controlled substance and then be treated as such. As well as then the true war on drugs could act on drugs that actually do harm and kill like fentanyl

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives approved a bill to decriminalize marijuana, though the measure stands little chance of becoming law this year.

“Every major urban area has increased crime and Democrats are legalizing drugs and propping up the marijuana industry,” Rep. Jim Jordan said on the House floor.

Rep. Jamie Raskin mocked Republicans for harboring outdated views on marijuana “It’s like they saw ‘Reefer Madness’ in middle school and never got over it” and for the bizarre allegation by Rep. Madison Cawthorn that Republican leaders invited him to orgies and did cocaine in front of him.

The bill would also set up a process for expunging past convictions, create an excise tax on marijuana products and direct various government agencies to track and study the impact of cannabis on the economy and society generally.

Despite bipartisan enthusiasm for the First Step Act, the prison reform bill Congress passed in 2018, there’s not much appetite among Republicans for reforming outdated marijuana laws.

Only a dozen Republicans have cosponsored a separate decriminalization bill, by Rep. Nancy Mace, that would decriminalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.

Rep. Cliff Bentz, who led the Republican side of the floor debate on , told HuffPost that Congress shouldn’t decriminalize marijuana without setting up stricter regulations for its sale and use.

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