Democrats introduce bill removing cannabis from list of controlled substances – House will vote next month

The House will vote on legislation next month to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and erase some marijuana criminal records.

The bill would not legalize the drug, which would be left up to states, but the vote will still be a historic step in the effort to reduce legal penalties related to the drug. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in an email to members that the vote will take place during the September work period.

Marijuana is already legal in 11 states.

The vote would be the first taken by either chamber of Congress to take marijuana off the Controlled Substances Act.

It would also expunge criminal records and provide grant funding for people who have been negatively impacted by enforcement of marijuana laws.

The bill was first introduced by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last fall and passed the panel by a 24-10 vote in November. It passed the committee with the votes of GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.). It is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

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