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On Wednesday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a historic vote to approve the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act).

The newly approved bill would removed marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, along with expunging convictions for marijuana offenses. Additionally, a 5 percent tax on marijuana sales would be introduced on a federal level.

This historic vote is the first time decriminalization of marijuana at the federal level has been backed by a congressional committee. However, the road ahead to legalization is still a long one. For one, seven other House committees have been introduced to the Act for approval. Any or all of the committees can alter the debate on this topic at any given moment.

Ken Buck of Colorado, a Republican on the committee, stated, "I don't think a majority of the Republicans will support this bill. It is even less likely that the Senate would take it up. Therefore, I would just suggest that we deal with other bills that we can get a much larger bipartisan support from." If the bill ever makes it through Congress, the president must sign it in order for it to become law. It is unclear whether President Donald Trump believes the federal government should legalize marijuana at this time.

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/house-panel-approves-marijuana-decriminalization-it-faces-long-hard-road-n1087781

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