CANNABIS CULTURE – The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act passed in the US House of Representatives, but has a long way to go before everyone is free to light up. The resolution needs to pass in the Senate, and states will still be free to regulate marijuana as they see fit.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) summed up the Republican stance when he urged his colleagues to vote “no” on H.R.38854. “House Democrats started the week off with a hearing on letting criminals out of jail early, they end the week with a bill legalizing drugs. And they want the American taxpayers to pay for both programs.”
Representative Sheila Jacskon Lee (D-Texas) responded that “between 2001 and 2010, there were 8 million arrests—every 37 seconds—for marijuana. We’ve spent $3.6 billion on the war on marijuana. And it has not worked.”
Patchwork Laws Don’t Work Either
According to Paul Armentano, Deputy Director at NORML, “The MORE Act removes the cannabis plant from the federal Controlled Substances Act — thereby eliminating the existing conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and providing states with the authority to establish their own cannabis laws free from undue federal interference.”
But what about