U.S. House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

U.S. House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

Bill not likely to pass in the U.S. Senate…

In a historic move, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to decriminalize marijuana by passing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. This is the first time in the country’s history that either chamber of the U.S. Congress has voted to decriminalize marijuana.

If the bill becomes law, it would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, allowing states to have more authority on regulation. So far a total of 15 U.S. States have made marijuana legal. The bill by the Democrat-controlled U.S. House would also expunge previous marijuana convictions and order re-sentencing for those imprisoned because of pot convictions.

This bill could be largely symbolic as it would have to also go through the U.S. Senate where the assumption is the more conservative chamber of Congress is less inclined to decriminalize marijuana.