Ending federal ban on marijuana clears key House committee

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Legislation to end the federal ban on cannabis passed a key House committee on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, that would remove cannabis’ classification as a Class 1 drug along with heroin and thus end the conflict between federal and state law. “This long overdue and historic legislation would reverse failed federal policies criminalizing marijuana,” said committee chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. “In my view, criminal penalties for marijuana offenses, and the resulting collateral consequences, are unjust …

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