MORE Act of 2021 - Rep Jerrold Nadler

On November 23, Representative Steven Horsford (D-NV) became the 100th House Democrat to join in co-sponsoring the MORE Act. Matt Gaetz of Florida is still the lone GOP sponsor.

Since the bill was reported out of committee, it has gained 25 new Democrat co-sponsors, but is still not scheduled to be taken up by the full House.

On September 30, the House judiciary committee, chaired by MORE Act sponsor Rep. Jerrold Nadler, approved the bill by a vote of 26 to 15.

Only a single House Republican, Matt Gaetz (FL), joined 75 Democrats in cosponsoring the MORE Act. The SAFE Banking Act, addressing financial services for cannabis businesses, passed with about three-fourths of the House voting in favor in April. It’s not clear, however, whether the minority will be as supportive of non-business reforms.

Cannabis banking still hasn’t moved in the Senate, but recent discussions bring some hope. Last month cannabis groups from across the country submitted comments on the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act draft. Democratic senators Chuck Schumer (NY), Cory Booker (NJ), and Ron Wyden (OR) may be able to prepare the way for agreement on comprehensive reform.

You can read statements of support issued after the judiciary committee vote from the Marijuana Policy Project and the National Cannabis Industry Association. We’ll continue to update this space with new developments.

Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021 on May 28, 2021.

Nadler stated the goals of the legislation as follows:

The MORE Act would make three important changes to federal law:

  1. Remove marijuana, or cannabis, from the list of federally controlled substances;
  2. Authorize the provision of resources, funded by an excise tax on marijuana, to address the needs of communities that have been seriously impacted by the War on Drugs, including increasing the participation of communities of color in the burgeoning cannabis market; and
  3. Provide for the expungement of Federal marijuana convictions and arrests.

Original MORE Act News

Cannabis Banking: Defense amendments and the MORE Act
Recent weeks have seen movement on two important pieces of federal cannabis reform. Cannabis banking was attached to a national defense bill and the MORE Act was voted out of committee.
Congressional Committee Approves Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill
Statement from Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project: “We’re encouraged to see that the MORE Act is once again advancing in the U.S. House of Representatives. We cannot achieve meaningful and lasting criminal justice reform in our country without ending the war on cannabis. Lawmakers on both …
House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to End Federal Cannabis Prohibition
“We are thankful that the House continues to pursue sensible cannabis policy reforms and is once again moving on this important bill,” said Aaron Smith, co-founder and chief executive officer of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). “While the MORE Act lacks the robust regulatory structure we would like to …

Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act Status

Text of MORE Act of 2021 (H.R. 3617)

Purpose: To decriminalize and deschedule cannabis, to provide for reinvestment in certain persons adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, to provide for expungement of certain cannabis offenses, and for other purposes.


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