Why These Republicans Voted For The MORE Act
Five House Republicans crossed party lines on Wednesday and voted for a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. They were joined by Republicans Don Young (R-N.C.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Republican Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, the committee's top Democrat.
The Cannabis laws are flawed and cannabis politics is used to do a lot of social engineering, create new taxes and programs, and redistribute wealth, "said Gaetz, who spoke on behalf of Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, who is running for office. For generations, the federal government has lied to the people of this country about marijuana. I'm not sure what to do. I do not know what they did, but we have seen a generation, especially black and brown youths, locked up for offenses that should never have led to a prison sentence”.
Republican colleagues will make a number of arguments against this bill today, but those arguments will fall by the wayside for Americans overwhelmingly. He added, "We also deplore the current federal government policy that is obstructing research, releasing cures, and helping people live better lives." This is a point Democrats have been making for years.
A recent Gallup poll found that 68 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use, and the other 34 states have endorsed legalization for recreational use. In fact, 15 states that allow recreational marijuana have passed laws that allow it, meaning that it is legal in many states for adults 21 and older.
But the Republican-controlled Senate seems to be listening to their Republican colleagues. On Thursday, McConnell said in the Senate that the House spent money this week on "urgent issues" like marijuana.
The MORE bill that passed the House of Representatives is not so surprising because it was first on the agenda in September. Democrats pushed for the bill and promised to vote on it by the end of the year so as not to frustrate voters by failing to pass a law to decriminalize marijuana after Congress failed to agree on a convincing stimulus package.