Breaking: U.S. House Passes Historic Bill To Legalize Marijuana (Weed) In The Country. - Mackenzie Sky Blog

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Breaking: U.S. House Passes Historic Bill To Legalize Marijuana (Weed) In The Country.

U.S. Passes Historic Bill To Legalize Marijuana (Weed)
The United States of America (USA) House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that seeks to legalize the use of marijuana (popularly known as weed) at the federal level.

The historic bill sailed through with 228-164 votes, with just five Republicans voting in favor and six Democrats against it. 

Supporters described the penalties placed on the use of marijuana in the country as the country's war on drugs, knowing that there is a slim chance of approval by the Republican-controlled Senate.

This burgeoning news platform gathered that medical cannabis has been made legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia (DC), while 15 states and DC have legalized the substance for adult recreational use. 

Vanguard report that during the debate on the bill, Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Mr. Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, said the legislation would reverse the failed policy of criminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

Nadler stated that it would also address the heavy toll this policy has taken across the country. 

He said: 

“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. 

“I have long believed that the criminalization of marijuana has been a mistake, and the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana laws has only compounded this mistake, with serious consequences, particularly for communities of color.”

But many Republicans, including Greg Murphy (North Carolina), opposed the bill on the ground that marijuana was responsible for increased traffic deaths and might pave the way for the use of other hard drugs in the country. 

“Marijuana is one of the most abused substances on this planet. Legalizing weed would create revenue from taxes, but at what cost? 

“Do we then start legalizing cocaine? Marijuana is a gateway drug, make no mistake about that. It undoubtedly leads to further and much more dangerous drug use,” he said.

Analysts say the passage of the bill by the House could influence President-elect Joe Biden’s policies on cannabis after he assumes duty in January as he was tough on its crimes while serving as a senator.

However, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is a strong supporter of marijuana legalization in the Senate, and urged her colleagues to act to remove the burden of marijuana convictions in the country.

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