This might be old news by now because cannabis news tends to spread like wildfire. We still wanted to keep everyone informed and give a full summary and outline about how the House Judiciary Committee approved a historic bill on Wednesday. Marijuana is has been legalized on the federal level, officially removing it from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.
According to CBNC , the legislation passed 24 to 10, has a “high” chance of being approved in the full House where Democrats currently have control of the chamber with 234 seats. It’s more than likely that it may be a bit of a tug-of-war in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes marijuana legalization.
“The criminalization of marijuana has been a mistake,” Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said during the markup of the bill. “The racial disparity in marijuana enforcement laws only compounded this mistake with serious consequences, particularly for minority communities.”
“I don’t think a majority of the Republicans will support this bill,” Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado said Wednesday. “It is even less likely that the Senate would take it up. Therefore, I would just suggest that we deal with other bills that we can get a much larger bipartisan support from.”
In response, Nadler said that House Democrats can “negotiate” with the Senate, acknowledging Republicans won’t take the bill “as is.”
“I don’t think it’s a good idea … to say, ‘the Senate won’t take this bill,’” he said. “When the House passes a bill, it’s part of a continuing process. It’s not the end of a process.”
CNBC also said that the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, also known as NORML, has called the legislation the “biggest marijuana news of the year.”
A major portion of Americans heavily support the legalization of marijuana, according to the Pew Research Center. The bill has more than 50 co-sponsors, according to Congress.gov. Backers of a Senate version of the legislation include, presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris.
The committee approval comes two months after the House passed legislationthat would protect banks that serve marijuana businesses in states where the substance is legal.