House set to pass legislation decriminalizing marijuana.

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01 Apr 2022, 12:20 pm

The House is once again poised to pass legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.  The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, known as the MORE Act, would remove marijuana from the controlled substances list, leaving it up to states to set their own laws.  It would also release people incarcerated on cannabis-related offenses of less than 30 grams and expunge criminal penalties associated with those who manufacture, distribute and possess it.

The legislation is an attempt to reverse the harmful effects stemming from the "war on drugs," a global campaign started in the 1970s by former President Richard Nixon with the stated goal of eliminating illegal drug use and trade in the United States. When former President Ronald Reagan took office, he substantially increased the scope of the drug war to focus on criminal punishment rather than rehabilitation and treatment. That drastically increased the number of incarcerated non-violent drug offenders, with a disproportionate impact on communities of color.


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01 Apr 2022, 7:22 pm

This could save America.

After smoking a few joints, people tend to lose interest in politics, war, revenge, and so on.


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01 Apr 2022, 8:15 pm

Pass the blunt brother Fnord