In a pioneering move, US Congress, on December 4, voted to decriminalize cannabis. If passed by both the houses, the bill would remove marijuana from the list of dangerous narcotic substances listed under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. In addendum, it also eliminates criminal penalties for any individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana. Cannabis is used by over 94 million people across the American territory and has been a long drawn subject of discussion in the American parliament.
Formally known as ‘Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act’, or MORE Act, the bill was easily passed in the House of Representative by 228 votes to 164 votes. While six Democrats voted against the bill, an independent member and five Republican voted in its favour. However, experts predict that it stands little chance to win a majority in Senate which is controlled by Republicans.