Historic House Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana Is Postponed as Moderates Pump the BrakesPosted by On

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The U.S. House of Representatives’ long-awaited vote to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level has been postponed until after Election Day, drawing criticism from pot advocates.

The House was scheduled to vote next week on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, expunge some criminal records, and create funding for people and communities impacted by the War on Drugs.

But moderate Democrats expressed concerns about voting on the measure before wrapping up coronavirus legislation, according to The Hill.

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who removed the MORE Act from the schedule, said Democratic leaders remain “committed” to voting on the legislation before the end of the year.

“Right now, the House is focused relentlessly on securing agreement to stave off a damaging government shutdown and continuing to do its job…

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