Status: 04.12.2020 9:53 p.m.
The US House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, has spoken out in favor of legalizing the drug marijuana. Even if the bill is likely to fail in the Senate, it sends out a signal.
The US House of Representatives voted to legalize marijuana at the federal level. 228 MPs in the Democratic-dominated Chamber of Parliament voted to remove marijuana from the United States’ Narcotics Act. 164 MPs voted against it. Most of the votes against came from among the Republicans. The bill is likely to fail in the Senate because the Republicans have a majority in this Chamber of Parliament.
The vote in the House of Representatives still sends a signal. A spokesman for then-candidate and now-elected President Joe Biden said in September that the Democrat was in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana and the automatic deletion of criminal records for possession of the drug. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris – who will remain in the Senate until next month – also supports legalization. She introduced a corresponding bill to the Senate.
Several US states have already legalized marijuana
Biden and Harris are due to be sworn in on January 20th in Washington. A number of US states have already legalized marijuana, and other states are planning to decriminalize it. As president, Biden could also address the issue at the federal level without Congress passing legislation.
The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives, Jerry Nadler, had introduced the draft to the Chamber. The Democrat stated after the vote: “For far too long we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice issue rather than a matter of personal choice and public health.” The draft law would also take overdue steps to address the problem of the many victims in the “war on drugs”, which the latter had called for, particularly among minorities.
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