The United States will vote to legalize marijuana at the state level

The United States House of Representatives will vote next week on a bill that would legalize marijuana at the state level, thus eliminating some federal criminal records in what would be the first federal reform, since cannabis is legal in a large part of the states of the country.

This Friday, the person in charge of establishing the voting agenda of the Lower House, the Democrat Steny Hoyer, has announced the vote for next week, something that was part of an electoral promise, as reflected in the The Washington Times.

Passage of this bill would eliminate low-level marijuana convictions, provide protection for immigrants working in the cannabis industry, and impose a 5 percent federal sales tax. In addition, it would decriminalize the use and consumption in small quantities.

In addition, it would contemplate and grant subsidies destined for those most affected by the war on drugs, especially those convicted of drug crimes and their direct relatives.

Even if the bill was approved by this chamber, it would probably be rejected as it passed by the Republican-majority Senate, although a victory in the House of Representatives could put the spotlight on the agenda of the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in the face of the new Administration of the president-elect, Joe biden.

Recreational use

In the last United States elections, not only was the one who will be the country’s new president elected. Numerous states introduced votes such as legalizing marijuana for recreational use. This is the case of Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota that supported the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana.

With this decision, the four states join the other eleven, along with the capital, Washington, in which the recreational use of marijuana was already allowed. In the case of South Dakota, in addition, the voters have decided at once to also approve the medicinal use of this substance.

On the other hand, in Mississippi, voters have approved an initiative to create a program for the medicinal use of marijuana in certain patients, discarding the version that supported its use only in the case of terminally ill patients. In the case of Washingon DC, voters have given the green light to decriminalize the use, distribution and trade of a number of hallucinogenic plants and mushrooms.

Meanwhile, Oregon has become the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, but only in small amounts. This way you can have less than one gram of heroin, two grams of cocaine or methamphetamine. Likewise, voters have approved the medicinal use of magic mushrooms.