Later this week, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R.3884 — The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (The MORE Act).
If signed into law, the MORE Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act’s list of scheduled substances and eliminate federal penalties for manufacturing, distributing, or possessing cannabis.
The MORE Act would also create expungement and sentencing review processes for individuals with federal cannabis convictions, prohibit the denial of federal public benefits due to an individual’s cannabis-related conduct and/or convictions, and fund programs and services in the communities most negatively impacted by the War on Drugs.
While The MORE Act’s chances of advancing through the Senate are slim, this week’s vote is an important philosophical and procedural milestone for the drug policy and criminal justice reform movement.
Not only does it mark the first time a Congressional chamber will seek to end federal cannabis criminalization, the vote may usher in more aggressive cannabis policy reform efforts during the next Congress. To quote Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), “… it’s a whole different ball game when you say, ‘We’ve passed this before, we need to pass it again.”
To that end, The Last Prisoner Project’s Demand MORE campaign is making it easy for supporters to contact their representatives and ask them to support The MORE Act. To learn more about the bill, contact your Congressperson, and explore other ways you can support our legislative advocacy efforts, check out the Demand MORE campaign.