A BILL proposal that could help to make marijuana legal across the whole of America has been passed.
If given the green light by congress, it will no longer be a federally controlled substance and prior convictions will be expunged.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said the drug shouldn’t be a criminal justice problemCredit: AFP or licensors
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) act was approved by the House Judiciary Committee today.
Other promises of the bill include the right for each state to dictate their own policy on the semi-legal drug.
Sales of any weed product would also be taxed at five per cent for a trust fund to aid those affected by the “war on drugs”.
The money will go towards job training and treatment for substance abuse programs.
Arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating users at the federal level is unwise and unjust.
Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Committee Chairman
Currently, 11 states and the District of Columbia have fully legalised recreational marijuana usage.
Medical marijuana usage is allowed in 33 states with a doctor’s prescription whereas others flat-out prohibit the drug.
On Wednesday, the new proposal was welcomed by Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, according to CBS News.
He said: “For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of a matter of personal choice and public health.
“Arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating users at the federal level is unwise and unjust.
“The racial disparity in enforcement of marijuana laws has only compounded this mistake with serious consequences, particularly for minority communities.”
WHERE IS MARIJUANA LEGAL IN THE US?
THERE is no universal law that covers the drug’s usage across