According to Fox News, the House of Representatives has voted to decriminalize marijuana possession at the federal level; the vote was 220-204. Three GOP members voted yes: Matt Gaetz, Tom McClintockand Brian Mast; and two Democrats voted no: Chris Pappas and Henry Cuellar.
“The House heard a slew of proposed amendments for the bill, including measures to track and prevent impaired driving under the influence of marijuana, as well as carve-outs for law enforcement to restructure around the decriminalized substance, Fox News reports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says marijuana is the most commonly used federally illegal drug in the U.S.; 48.2 million people, or about 18% of Americans, used it at least once in 2019.
According to The New York Post, “President Biden has not specifically addressed his stance on the bill (The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement bill), but his aides say he opposes legalization while supporting more limited steps toward decriminalization.”
“Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Democrats called the vote because they ‘can’t deal’ with other problems, such as inflation and illegal immigration, both at four-decade highs.”
“You know why they’re dealing with this today? Because they can’t deal with the real problems facing the American people,” Jordan said. “The left will not let the Democrats do what needs to be done to help the employment problem, the energy problems, the illegal immigration problem on our southern border. So what did they do? They legalize drugs.”
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— New York Post (@nypost) April 1, 2022