NORML Hope Committee Development Will Smooth Passage of MORE

We’d be a little more cautious as DC is as about as partisan as it can get at the moment with impeachment and Iran. Practicalities like MORE may well get lost in the wash. We shall see

Here’s the latest update from NORML

We’re writing today to let you know that the House Small Business Committee is waiving its jurisdiction on the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.

Why is this significant? When a piece of legislation is introduced, it gets assigned to one or multiple congressional committees, depending on what types of policy it impacts. Then, the members of each of these committees must vote in favor of it before it moves to the floor for a full chamber vote. By waiving their jurisdiction, the Small Business Committee is de-facto advancing the bill — thus increasing the prospects that the MORE Act will receive a full House vote in the near future.

The House Small Business Committee is the first congressional committee to waive jurisdiction on the MORE Act since it was passed by the Judiciary Committee last November.

The MORE Act represents the first time ever that a bill to end federal criminalization has passed out of the Judiciary Committee, aka “the originating committee” but not everything is as simple as the School House Rock song would lead us to believe.

Here’s the plan:

Step one: Spread the news about the MORE Act far and wide to increase public support for moving the bill forward

Step two: Generate targeted campaigns to the remaining jurisdictional committees to similarly waive their jurisdiction.

Step three: Pressure House leadership to schedule the MORE Act for a floor vote.

Step four: Win a floor vote in the House.

Step five: Turn our sights on the Senate to repeat the process.