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House Passes Medical Marijuana Research Act by Voice Vote
That’s progressive pro-marijuana Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer speaking about conservative anti-marijuana Republican Rep. Andy Harris. They teamed up to co-sponsor a bill that allows researchers to study cannabis acquired from state-legal marijuana dispensaries.
Harris has been the congressman most responsible for using the power of Congress to block implementation of Washington D.C.’s marijuana reforms. Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon’s lone congressional Republican, explains the need for the bill.
Walden explains that the federal government’s marijuana is of such low quality that it is of little practical use for researchers.
The bill passed the House by a voice vote according to Marijuana Moment, even under a suspension of the rules that required a two-thirds majority to pass.
House-passed MORE Act Enjoys Bipartisan Support—Except in Congress
Morning Consult and POLITICO have released a poll showing broad support for the marijuana descheduling bill passed last week.
Two-thirds of all Americans surveyed were in support of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act, a number that includes a bare majority of Republicans at 51 percent.
By contrast, only five House Republicans voted “yes” on the MORE Act.
Well over three in four Democrats surveyed backed the MORE Act, with 57 percent “strongly supporting” it.
Despite the overwhelming support for the policy change among Democrats, President-elect Joe Biden has so far only backed more modest reforms such as decriminalizing possession and expunging prior cannabis convictions.
Mexican Legislature Asks for Another Legalization Delay
That’s the president of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Dulce María Sauri, announcing that the lower chamber of the legislature is requesting an extension to February 2021 on the deadline to legalize marijuana, reports Milenio via Marijuana Moment.
In late 2018, the Court declared the prohibition of personal cultivation and use of marijuana to be unconstitutional. The Court set a deadline of October 2019 for the legislature to end prohibition, a deadline that has been extended by the Court numerous times.
The Mexican Senate passed a legalization bill last month, well in advance of the latest December 15 deadline.
America’s Longest-Serving Marijuana POW Released
America’s longest-serving marijuana prisoner has been released after 31 years, according to ABC News.
Richard DeLisi, age 71, was sentenced at age 40 to 90 years in prison for selling marijuana.
During his time in prison, DeLisi’s parents died, his 23-year-old son died of an overdose, his older son fled to Amsterdam at age 17, his adult daughter was in a car accident and paralyzed, and his two granddaughters were born.
DeLisi’s family has spent over a quarter million dollars on attorney’s fees in their battle to free him.
WeedMaps $1.5 Billion Merger Takes Company Public
WeedMaps, the marijuana dispensary locator and point-of-sale system, has agreed to a $1.5 billion merger with Silver Spike Acquisition Corp., putting the company on the US stock exchange.
WeedMaps, founded in 2008 by Doug Francis and Justin Hartfield, will receive up to $575 million from the deal. The company expects $160 million in revenue this year.
Silver Spike shares were up 8.8% at $11.41 in premarket trading. Reuters first reported news of the deal on Wednesday.