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A historic breakthrough in the fight for cannabis reform

I have been working on national cannabis reform longer than any elected official in the country.

Back in 1973, I was in the Oregon Legislature when we were the first state to decriminalize cannabis.

Ever since, I have been working from Bangor, Maine to Santa Barbara, California trying to end the failed prohibition of cannabis nationwide.

47 years later, here we are.

I'm thrilled to tell you that last week, the House passed our Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.

This is the most comprehensive and justice-oriented cannabis reform bill in U.S. history.

It will decriminalize cannabis nationwide, ending the most unjust and wasteful campaign in the War on Drugs. It will also address racial injustices by expunging past cannabis-related convictions and ensuring communities of color get equal access to this thriving industry.

This is finally happening because it has been demanded by the voters, by facts, and by the momentum behind this issue.

Last month, voters in five more states – including conservative strongholds like Mississippi and South Dakota – relaxed their cannabis restrictions significantly. Now, about 99 percent of the American public lives in a state with some form of legal cannabis.

The tide has turned.

There's no longer a question about whether Americans support cannabis decriminalization. This bill is a huge step forward in our fight for equitable, safe, and sensible policy.

Courage,

Earl

Posted on December 8, 2020.