The House passed a marijuana legalization bill on Friday by a 220-204 vote, to federally decriminalize marijuana.
Reportedly, Republicans Brian Mast and Matt Gaetz, both of Florida, and Tom McClintock of California joined the majority of the Democrats in supporting the decriminalization. Democrats Chris Pappas of New Hampshire and Henry Cuellar of Texas voted against.
The bill was sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York. It will prevent federal agencies from denying federal workers due to cannabis use. Veterans that are living with posttraumatic stress will also be able to be recommended marijuana for medical reasons by the Veterans’ Administration.
The Democrat bill will address the records of people that have been convicted of nonviolent cannabis offenses.
“It can result in difficulty finding employment, difficulty finding housing, denial of access of federal benefits, denial of financial aid at colleges and universities, and denial of the right to vote,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. “That’s why we’re dealing with this.”
Allegedly, some sources do not expect it to be passed by the Senate due to a similar bill, that removes marijuana from the list of federally-controlled substances, did not pass the Republican controlled Senate two years ago.\