Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Passes in U.S. House of Representatives

Marijuana Legalization

A newly passed bill could dramatically reshape America’s U.S. drug policy. On April 1, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to decriminalize cannabis on the federal level with the passing of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. The same bill was passed by the House in 2020 but hit a roadblock once it reached the Senate which was then controlled by the Republican Party.

There has been growing support for the legalization of marijuana among Americans in recent years. A November 2021 Gallup poll showed that 68 percent of Americans supported the full legalization of marijuana. This number was double the amount in support of legalization in the same poll held in 2001. Democrats and Independents support the move while Republicans were split evenly in their support of the move.