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What States Are Voting to Legalize Marijuana in the 2020 Election?

This election has been deemed by many as one of the most important in decades — if not of all time. There is much on the table from healthcare to taxes to criminal justice reform. Candidates President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden both sit on far ends of that table.

One issue that has been contested for years is the legalization of marijuana. It is already legal to some degree, whether medical or recreation, in many states across the country. But this November, five more states are set to vote on its status.

In 2019, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act was introduced by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in the Senate, but is still awaiting action. According to a recent poll conducted by Data for Progress, 60 percent of Republicans support the proposal.

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Leaves of a mature marijuana plant are seen in a display at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY

The proposal would decriminalize marijuana, remove it from the controlled substance list, and allow certain marijuana offenses to be expunged from a person’s record. Additionally, the MORE Act would create a trust fund from a national tax on marijuana—with money given to communities affected by the war on drugs, Newsweek previously reported.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Alexandra Schonfeld on Newsweek

Published: November 02, 2020

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