Federal Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana and Allow Expungements Sponsored by Lawmakers From 31 States

Legislation in the United States House of Representatives and Senate is sponsored by lawmakers from 31 different states.

In the House, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act now has 92 sponsors, while the Senate’s Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA) has 18 sponsors. The combined 110 sponsors represent 31 states, or 62% of the entire country.

Both the MORE Act and CAOA would fully deschedule marijuana, effectively ending its nationwide prohibition. Both measures would also establish a federal excise tax on legal marijuana sales and allow for the expungement of previous marijuana convictions.

The CAOA would go a step further by establishing federal safety standards for legal marijuana products, including creating a Center for Cannabis Products within the FDA, tasked with regulating the production, labeling, distribution, sales, and other manufacturing and retail aspects of the cannabis industry.

Below are the states with representatives on one or both of these lists:

Arizona

California

Colorado

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nevada

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

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