April 01, 2022

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks on House Floor, Applauds the Historic Passage of Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today released a statement following the historic passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which aims to correct the historical injustices of failed drug policies, which have disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income communities.

 The MORE Act, the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced in Congress, would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, reassess marijuana convictions, and invest in local communities. The historic vote passed out of the House 220 to 204, and marks the second time a full chamber of Congress has approved a reform to our federal cannabis policy. Congresswoman Lee’s Marijuana Justice Act, the first racial justice cannabis reform bill introduced in Congress, was included in this comprehensive legislation. 

“I am so proud to have passed the MORE Act today. This bill is the product of many, many years of advocacy for federal cannabis reform and equity,” said Rep. Lee. “Make no mistake: this is a racial justice bill. It’s about the thousands of people of color who sit in jail for marijuana offenses while others profit. It’s about finally repairing the harms of the War on Drugs on communities and families across the country. I thank all those who have made this day possible and urge my colleagues to pass the companion bill in the Senate expeditiously.”  

Her remarks on the House floor can be viewed here, and a transcript is available below.