U.S. House Judiciary Committee approves landmark marijuana legalization bill

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services has announced that the Medical Marijuana Program has a new office.

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would effectively make marijuana legal.

The Hill website reports that the vote on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 was passed by a vote of 24-10.

Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee and did not vote on the bill.

He told the Pacific News Center this morning that he would defer comment until he has a chance to review the details of the measure and get “a better feel” for its potential impact.

Judiciary committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York democrat, introduced the bill. He has more than 50 co-sponsors in the House.

The bill now goes on to the full House where passage is expected, although the measure faces a tougher road in the Senate.

Under the proposal, marijuana would be removed from the Controlled Substances Act, federally legalizing cannabis across the country. In addition the bill would require the expungement of any past federal cannabis convictions.

The measure also proposes the establishment of the Cannabis Justice Office, an organization that would introduce a 5 percent tax on state-legal cannabis sales, among other things.