House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

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House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and expunge nonviolent marijuana-related convictions. The measure is aimed at rolling back drug policies that have disproportionately affected low-income communities of color.

“Marijuana use is either socially acceptable behavior or it’s criminal conduct, but it can’t be socially acceptable behavior in some neighborhoods and criminal conduct in other neighborhoods when the dividing line is race.” “Yes, legalizing weed would create revenue from taxes, but at what cost — do we then start legalizing cocaine? Marijuana is a gateway drug, make no mistake about that. And while I do believe that medical marijuana can have some activity in chronic pain or those with cancer, this bill simply goes way too far.” “We’re here because we have failed three generations of black and brown young people whose lives can be ruined or lost by selective enforcement of these laws.” “It is time we think about the real needs of our constituents. Get back to work on legislation that matters. Our priority should not be legalize — legalizing drugs.” “On this vote, the ‘yeas’ are 228, the ‘nays’ are 164. The bill is passed without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid on the table.”

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