In what can only be described as a historic moment, the Property Judiciary Committee authorized a bill this week, largely along partisan lines, that would take away marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances.
The Marijuana Chance Reinvestment and Expungement (Extra) Act was passed with 24 votes against 11 on Wednesday, marking the very first time a congressional committee passed a bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level.
Along with 22 Democratic representatives, two Republican lawmakers voted for the proposed legislation as properly – Matt Gaetz of Florida and Tom McClintock of California.
The Property version of the bill was introduced by Property Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler who, in his opening remarks, was adamant that legalization has been lengthy overdue.
“These methods are lengthy overdue. For far also lengthy, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice trouble as an alternative of a matter of individual decision and public wellness,” Nadler told fellow lawmakers through the markup.
“Whatever one’s views on the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating customers at the federal level is unwise and unjust,” he added.
A matching bill has been introduced in the Senate by Kamala Harris, who is operating for president in the 2020 election.
What takes place subsequent?
Approval of the Extra Act by the Property panel indicates the bill will now proceed to the complete Property for a floor vote. As Democrats manage the decrease property of Congress, the legislation is anticipated to garner adequate help in the subsequent step.
Nevertheless, the looming threat of the Republican-controled Senate remains. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spearheaded the initiative to legalize hemp final year, is unlikely to bring the bill for a vote to the floor.
For the duration of his push to declassify hemp as a controlled substance, the Kentucky senator stated he has no plans to endorse the legalization of marijuana as the two plants are “entirely separate.”
“The Senate will take its personal time, but then the Senate normally does. The power and the political stress from the many states is expanding swiftly. The Senate is topic to that, also. We’ll achieve this,” according to Nadler.
Nadler’s statement is supported by current polls that recommend a majority of Americans help legalization.
Historic vote boosts pot stocks
The substantially-required increase comes as pot stocks have been hammered by corporate earnings season and, what some analysts are calling, the “bursting of the marijuana bubble.”
Meanwhile, on the Nasdaq, Canadian pharmaceutical and marijuana enterprise Tilray jumped four.70% at the close.