Marijuana in the US – level 3

14-09-2020 15:00

For the first time ever, a proposal to legalize marijuana in the US will go to a full House vote.

The House is set to vote on the proposal during the week of the 21st of September; however, first, the bill needs to pass through both chambers of Congress. Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already said that he is against it. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the MORE Act) of 2019 would take marijuana off the federal government’s list of controlled substances. It would also open the door for some marijuana-related crimes to be cleared. However, the sale of marijuana would still be up to individual states.

Eleven US states and Washington, D.C., have already legalized marijuana.

Difficult words: marijuana (a drug that is made from dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, and it is usually smoked), chamber (a part), expungement (a legal process by which criminal conviction is destroyed), open the door (to start to let something happen).

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