Republicans move to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

Source: Reuters

“Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Monday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and eliminate legal hazards facing many cannabis-related businesses while regulating its use like alcohol. Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina, who is spear-heading the legislative effort, described the bill as a ‘compromise’ with less onerous regulations than measures proposed earlier by other lawmakers including Democrats. … Titled the States Reform Act, the Republican legislation would defer to state authorities on matters of prohibition and regulation. It would prohibit marijuana use by those under 21, restrict advertising, protect access to hiring and benefits for veterans who have used cannabis and expunge the records of people convicted on nonviolent, cannabis-only related offenses.” (11/15/21)