The MORE Act
The House Judiciary Committee announced its support for the legalization of marijuana on the federal level. In the light of legalization, we have the bill that is approved on Wednesday, November 20th, and the bill removes marijuana from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. We now have the new Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act that passed 24-10 in the latest debate.
What Will Be the Effects of the MORE Act?
The legislation has a high chance of approval in the full House if the Democrats win the battle against the Republicans where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is strongly against the legalization of marijuana. If the legislation takes full effect, we will have a scenario where the law will protect the people with low-level marijuana offenses. Their criminal records will be cleared and their cases will be sent for another jurisdiction.
The bill is consolidated to decriminalize and deschedule cannabis in many forms that were previously based on the War on Drugs. Certain cannabis offenses will be sent for expungement and other purposes of the bill will have an impact on the overall jurisdiction system.
As part of the act of removal from the schedule of controlled substances, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols will no longer be part of the controlled substances. Removal from the schedule will take place not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
How the Bill Will Affect Cannabis Businesses
The further implementation of the bill will select the categories that are part of the cannabis business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will compile, maintain, and make public data on demographics related to individuals who are business owners in the cannabis industry. At the same time, the Bureau will include individuals who are employed in the cannabis industry.
The overall demographic data will include:
• Certifications and licenses
• Disability status
• Family and marital status
• School enrollment
• Veteran status
• Educational attainment
By collecting the mentioned data, the official legislation bodies will be able to know which segments in the Act will have the best impact in the cannabis business. Providing such data will decide how and where the official regulations can be applied.
How the Act Will End the War on Drugs?
The War on Drugs is a national campaign led by the U.S. federal government. It includes drug prohibition and military intervention intending to reduce the illegal activities that are part of the drug trade in the USA. Richard Nixon, the former president, announced the term in 1971 and declared a set of drug policies that were made to diminish production, distribution, and consumption of drugs.
As part of the new MORE Act, individuals who were impacted by the War on Drugs will be provided with funds to administer substance use treatment services. The official Community Reinvestment Grant Program will provide eligible entities with the necessary funds. Under the term ‘substance use treatment’, we recognize an evidence-based, professionally directed and planned regimen that helps patients with substance use disorders. Remission and recovery will include a complete evaluation, observation, and medical monitoring.
The term ‘eligible entity’ means a non-profit organization that is a representative of a community or a significant segment of a community where the services are available to individuals impacted by the War on Drugs. In section 5 of the MORE Act of 2019, we can find the terms that regulate the rights of individuals who use the treatment services.
How Will the MORE Act Change Our Lives?
In most situations, the War on Drugs was based on the criminalizing of the drugs. However, with the new MORE Act, the situation is different. We have more than one right to claim that official regulations will change the way we see marijuana and cannabis products. The War on Drugs was part of the history that had many consequences in our society. Now, we have the MORE Act that can completely change our opinions and habits when it comes to the production and usage of psychoactive substances.
As part of the MORE Act, it is possible to claim the rights of many people who have a criminal record on drug use and distribution. It is left to see how many people will get a different opinion from the court when it comes to low-level marijuana offenses. If this happens, many people will be able to get freedom and clear criminal record as part of the new MORE Act implementation.
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