Maloney Urges Colleagues to Join Her in Voting to Pass MORE Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives urging her colleagues to join her in voting to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, legislation to remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled harmful substances, protect medical cannabis businesses, and expunge low-level marijuana convictions that have disproportionately harmed communities of color.
Text of the Congresswoman’s remarks are below and a video can be seen here.
“I rise in support of the MORE Act. I applaud my colleagues, Chairman Nadler, and Vice President-elect Harris, for their leadership. It’s past time that Congress answers the call for reform for low-level marijuana conviction justice.
“This sweeping legislation would officially remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled harmful substances, protect medical cannabis businesses, and expunge low-level marijuana convictions that have disproportionately harmed people and communities of color.
“The MORE Act would also help those whose convictions are overturned through an Opportunity Trust Fund that would provide job training, re-entry assistance, and legal aid.
“If we are serious about criminal justice reform, we need to get rid of the antiquated cannabis laws that disproportionately harm people of color. The MORE Act would do just that. I urge a yes vote.