Wednesday, Nov 20th 2019, was a part of making history. The House Judiciary Committee just approved the MORE Act on a bipartisan vote of 24-10. This is legislation that tens-of-thousands advocated for by sending messages, making phone calls, and meeting with lawmakers in DC and district offices.
This marks the first time that a congressional committee has ever passed a bill to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.
Now, we still have much to do. Here’s what’s next:
- We need to ensure that other committees do not attempt to slow the momentum,
- Gain additional support to ensure passage in a full House vote
- Build support in the Senate and convince leadership to schedule a vote
Make sure you go on record and contact your member of the House in support of this historic legislation.
Many naysayers will tell us it is impossible, but that doesn’t mean we give up the fight because our power has been forged over decades.
When NORML was founded in 1970, only 12% of the public supported legalization. Now, we have a public mandate with majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independent voters all supporting the outright legalization of marijuana.
When we raise our voices as one, there is nothing we cannot achieve.