Caribbean congressional representative strongly supports decriminalization of marijuana

NEW YORK, Dec 6, CMC – A Democratic Congressman, whose district in Brooklyn and Queens in New York represents a significant number of Caribbean nationals, has strongly supported passage of legislation in the US House of Representatives decriminalising marijuana.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, whose 8th Congressional District represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, said he strongly supported passage on of H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2020 in the US House of Representatives on Friday.

Marijuana use is either socially acceptable behaviour, or it’s criminal conduct,” said Jeffries in remarks on the House floor before passage of the bill. “But it can’t be socially accepted behaviour in some neighbourhoods and criminal conduct in other neighbourhoods when the dividing line is race.

“And that’s why we must pass the MORE Act, decriminalise marijuana in America and bring to life the principle of liberty and justice for all,” added Jeffries, who sits on the House of Representatives’ Judiciary and Budget Committees.

In a 228-164 vote, the US House of Representatives approved the MORE Act that would end the US federal prohibition and criminalisation of marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act and facilitate the expungement…

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