Marijuana on the Ballot
There is good news and bad news on the marijuana front.
First the bad news.
A bill (H.R.3884) to decriminalize marijuana that “removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana” has been languishing in the U.S. House of Representatives for over a year.
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 also:
- replaces statutory references to marijuana and marihuana with cannabis,
- requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to regularly publish demographic data on cannabis business owners and employees,
- establishes a trust fund to support various programs and services for individuals and businesses in communities impacted by the war on drugs,
- imposes a 5% tax on cannabis products and requires revenues to be deposited into the trust fund,
- makes Small Business Administration loans and services available to entities that are cannabis-related legitimate businesses or service providers,
- prohibits the denial of federal public benefits to a person on the basis of certain cannabis-related conduct or convictions,
- prohibits the denial of benefits and protections under immigration laws on the basis of a cannabis-related event (e.g., conduct or a conviction), and
- establishes a process to expunge convictions and conduct sentencing review hearings related to federal cannabis offenses.
Although House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said that the bill would be voted on in September, here it is election day in November and still the bill languishes.
And now the good news.
There are ballot measures relating to marijuana that people in five states will be voting on today. Two states (Mississippi & South Dakota) are voting on whether to permit medical marijuana; four states (Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, &
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