Congress Scheduled to Vote on Federal Marijuana Legalization

September 1, 2020


According to an August 28 email from House Majority Whip James Clyburn, the House is set to vote on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. In the email, Rep. Clyburn wrote that the House is expected to consider the MORE Act during the September work period, and asked members to indicate their support by September 3.

In addition to removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, the MORE Act would impose a five percent tax on cannabis products, to be deposited into an Opportunity Trust Fund to support communities impacted by the war on drugs. It would also establish a process to expunge cannabis-related convictions and prevent the denial of federal benefits on the basis of cannabis-related conduct. The MORE Act also provides for federal Small Business Association loans for cannabis-related businesses.

Removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act would decriminalize it at the federal level, but would not immediately legalize its sale in all states. Some states may still choose not to allow cannabis sales even after federal legalization. Even still, this bill is historic. The MORE Act will be the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

If you would like advice on how federal cannabis legalization would affect your business, contact John Mackewich at 419-249-7103 or at

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