"For the first time, a congressional committee has approved far-reaching legislation to not just put an end to federal marijuana prohibition, but to address the countless harms our prohibitionist policies have wrought, notably on communities of color and other already marginalized groups".
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee scheduled a vote for as early as Wednesday this week, November 20, on New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler's Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.
"These steps are long overdue", Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in his opening statement.
The MORE Act would remove marijuana as a Schedule I substance, a category that also features other drugs, such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and peyote.
It would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to set their own marijuana policy.
"For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of a matter of personal choice and public health". Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), said he remains upbeat during a news conference Tuesday ahead of the vote.
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Eleven states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use while 33 and the district have legalized it for medical use.
The survey was conducted from October 31 to November 8 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.27%.
"Eleven states now have legalized marijuana for adult use and with an expected high turnout election in 2020 - there is a decent chance Arizona becomes number 12 based on these latest numbers", said Mike Noble, chief of research for OH Predictive Insights, in a statement with the survey.
It includes a five percent federal tax on cannabis sales, with the profits going towards job training and legal aids programs for those who got the worst of prohibition. The bill, which has 50 sponsors, is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled House but likely to run into opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnel is against marijuana legalization.
The bill has 57 co-sponsors, including Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix.
The vote saw two Republicans - Representatives Matt Gaetz and Tom McClintock - join their Democratic colleagues in support of the bill.