House set to vote on MORE Act first week of December.
Nas: Loud advocate for fair access to cannabis market.
“We’re hoping to introduce a new audience to Weedmaps as well as bring attention to some of the important conversations happening around cannabis today,” said Juanjo Feijoo, Chief Marketing Officer at Weedmaps. “This is just one of many steps we are proactively taking to break down stigmas, promote social equity, and encourage all to join us in the fight for change.”
Last week the King’s Disease rapper produced, and narrated a documentary “SMOKE: Marijuana + Black America” which aired on BET.
What happens if MORE Act is passed in The House?
The Controlled Substance Act passed in 1970, classified marijuana as a Schedule I substance, which includes other drugs like heroin, peyote, and ecstasy, in this category. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. is the lead sponsor of this bill. Joe Biden also openly supports this bill though President Trump has expressed opposition of this bill.
In states that have decriminalized hemp at the state level, industries that capitalize off of cannabis are flourishing and have withstood the impact of the pandemic. However, businesses in other industries have succumbed to provisions made to contain the virus.
This bill has been declared a tough one to pass by many experts. So far, three Republicans have pledged to vote yes on the bill to federally legalize cannabis. Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) have publicly voiced their support for this bill.
If the MORE Act is passed, it would implement a five percent federal sales tax, allow direct tax revenue programs to help communities impacted by the war on drugs, and give states discretion to regulate commercial marijuana industries. This is also a big deal for people who racked up low-level marijuana charges once before.
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